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.
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.
This collection of tools that helps practices decide whether to implement new evidence includes a worksheet for assessing research findings, a template for summarizing findings, and links to additional resources for selecting and customizing evidence.
This AHRQ resource builds practices’ capacity to access accurate and reliable data from their information systems and to use these data to guide improvement work. It teaches how to use both paper and electronic systems to assess performance.
This resource shows how to design reports for quality improvement (QI) purposes, including different types of reports and different ways of generating them from electronic health records (EHRs). It includes checklists for finding data errors.
It is important for primary care team members to feel they can ask for help, try new ways of doing things, and learn from mistakes. This resource provides suggestions for how practices can help quality improvers feel safe.
This 2011 report published by the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) recommends standards for developing trustworthy guidelines on care options for health care providers, patients, and organizations.
This manual provides a training curriculum that teaches medical assistants (MA) to take on an expanded role in the primary care team by doing more during the rooming process, from reviewing medications, to goal setting, to patient education.
This resource explains the basics of implementing panel management, whereby patients are assigned to care teams that take responsibility for ensuring patients receive care that is consistent with current evidence.