The AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use (Safety Program) is a multiyear program (2016–2021) focused on developing and enhancing antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) across the continuum of care—acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, and ambulatory care practices throughout the United States—as well as equipping frontline providers with the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance their antibiotic prescribing practices. The Safety Program is a collaborative intervention funded and guided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and led by Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) and NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC). JHM/NORC engaged with three organizations that also function as Quality Innovation Networks–Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN/QIO)—Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), Stratis Health, and Health Quality Innovators (HQI)—to assist with implementing the Safety Program.
The Safety Program consisted of a pilot period followed by three distinct cohorts: acute care, long-term care, and ambulatory care. This report focuses on the activities of the Safety Program in the post-pilot Acute Care Cohort, tasked to include 250–500 acute care hospitals. Participants in the Acute Care Cohort enrolled from July through November 2017 and began program implementation in December 2017.
- Download the Acute Care Cohort Final Report (PDF, 5.3 MB)