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EvidenceNOW: Tools and Resources
The Agency for Healthcare and Quality (AHRQ) offers practical, research-based tools and other resources to help a variety of health care origanizations, provider, and others make care safer in all health care settings. AHRQ's evidence-based tools and resources are used by organizations nationwide to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care. Improving health care quality by increasing the capacity of small primary care practices to implement the best clinical evidence is our aim. These tools and resources can be searched by the key drivers and the change strategies of the EvidenceNOW Key Driver Diagram.
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This toolkit introduces the ABCS of heart health and provides checklists, action plans, and other instructions to guide primary care practices to implement evidence-based guidelines, transform health care delivery, and improve patients’ heart health.
These index card-sized cards offer a menu of "recipes for health" that clinicians can use to talk to patients about health goals and make recommendations to encourage heart health.
This AHRQ health literacy toolkit contains 21 short tools to help primary care practices reduce the complexity of health care, increase patient understanding of health information, and enhance support for patients of all health literacy levels.
This handbook provides in-depth information and techniques to help primary care practices use electronic health records and other health IT for quality improvement efforts. The handbook covers the following topics: clinical decision support, patient portals and other technologies, using patient-generated data, clinical quality measures, and risk stratification in primary care. The handbook also features helpful tips, examples, and use cases to support the use of health IT for QI efforts.
The checklist is designed to be used in conjunction with the One Heart brochure to help patients focus their office visit on addressing risk factors for heart disease and the illustrated brochure explains how plaque buildup can silently lead to heart disease and suggests questions patients can ask and actions they can take to understand and reduce their risk of heart disease.
This AHRQ resource explains how practices can use health information technology (IT) tools - such as electronic health records (EHRs), data registries, decision support, and health information exchange systems - to improve quality and patient outcomes.
This 7-minute online video explains how to integrate the cardiovascular risk estimator into office visits to engage patients in improving their heart health.
This collection of templates for creating personal health records and sharing care plans with patients helps primary care practices think about how they could empower patients with their own health information.
This online continuing medical education (CME) module explains how to implement a team-based approach to enter documentation (scribe) and how it can be supported and improved by electronic health record (EHR) systems.
Registries can complement paper records or electronic health records (EHRs), which frequently do not have the functions needed for population management. This resource discusses the advantages and disadvantages of creating and using registries.