Inaugural Blog by New Director Highlights AHRQ's Role in Preventing Medical Errors

Issue 517
AHRQ's Electronic Newsletter summarizes Agency research and programmatic activities.
May 10, 2016

AHRQ Stats: Women's Access to Health Care

Women were more likely than men to delay or go without needed medical care, dental care or prescription medicines from 2005 to 2012. Women were also more likely to cite financial or insurance reasons for not having a source of care from 2002 to 2012. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, Chartbook on Women’s Health Care.)

Today's Headlines

  1. Inaugural Blog by New Director Highlights AHRQ's Role in Preventing Medical Errors.
  2. AHRQ-Funded Learning Network To Explore Using Clinical Decision Support Systems To Incorporate Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Findings Into Clinical Practice.
  3. AHRQ Announces Funds Available for Dissemination of Pediatric Quality Measures.
  4. Register Now: National Quality Strategy 5-Year Anniversary Webinar.
  5. AHRQ in the Professional Literature.

1. Inaugural Blog by New Director Highlights AHRQ's Role in Preventing Medical Errors

A blog authored by AHRQ’s new director, Andrew Bindman, M.D., highlights the agency’s pivotal role in supporting growing national efforts to prevent medical errors. The blog underscores AHRQ’s efforts to develop evidence, tools and training materials to help health care providers prevent medical errors, as well as the agency’s work with colleagues across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make care safer, more reliable and more affordable. Dr. Bindman, who assumed his position May 2, is a primary care physician who practiced, taught and conducted health services research at San Francisco General Hospital. The blog entry is his first contribution to AHRQ Views, a platform for AHRQ leaders to provide updates on a variety of health care topics.

2. AHRQ-Funded Learning Network To Explore Using Clinical Decision Support Systems To Incorporate Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Findings Into Clinical Practice

A new learning network funded by AHRQ will explore with stakeholders how patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) findings can be incorporated into clinical practice through health information technology–enabled clinical decision support (CDS). Patient-centered outcomes—defined as the results of medical care that are important to patients—can give patients and providers the power to make more informed health decisions. This network, funded via an AHRQ grant, will bring together multiple public and private stakeholders and monitor and measure the dissemination and use of PCOR findings in vendor-based and open-source CDS tools. More information is available here.

3. AHRQ Announces Funds Available for Dissemination of Pediatric Quality Measures

A new AHRQ research initiative will support the dissemination and implementation of child health quality measures recently developed by the Pediatric Quality Measures Program-Centers of Excellence. The funding will support the work of multidisciplinary partnership teams that will disseminate and implement key pediatric quality measures in gap areas. Select to access the funding opportunity announcement for cooperative research (U18) grants. Letters of intent are due May 27. The application deadline is June 28.

4. Register Now: National Quality Strategy 5-Year Anniversary Webinar

Register now for a webinar on May 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. ET that will focus on the five-year anniversary of the National Quality Strategy and the new 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy. Speakers include Nancy J. Wilson, M.D., M.P.H., B.S.N., executive lead for the National Quality Strategy; Ernest Moy, M.D., M.P.H., medical officer, AHRQ’s Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; and James Venza, Ph.D., associate executive director, Lourie Center for Children's Social and Emotional Wellness. Speakers will provide highlights from the report and lead a discussion on how the National Quality Strategy is fostering alignment across national, federal, state and private-sector stakeholders to improve health and health care quality for all Americans.

5. AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Comparative effectiveness of multifaceted outreach to initiate colorectal cancer screening in community health centers: a randomized controlled trial. Goldman SN, Liss DT, Brown T, et al. J Gen Intern Med 2015 Aug;30(8):1178-84. Epub 2015 Mar 27. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Reach and validity of an objective medication adherence measure among safety net health plan members with diabetes: a cross-sectional study. Ratanawongsa N, Karter AJ, Quan J, et al. J Manag Care Spec Pharm 2015 Aug;21(8):688-98. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

The impact of social media on dissemination and implementation of clinical practice guidelines: a longitudinal observational study. Narayanaswami P, Gronseth G, Dubinsky R. J Med Internet Res 2015 Aug 13;17(8):e193. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Practice-based research network research good practices (PRGPs): summary of recommendations. Dolor RJ, Campbell-Voytal K, Daly J, et al. Clin Transl Sci 2015 Dec;8(6):638-46. Epub 2015 Aug 22. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Twelve recommendations for integrating existing systematic reviews into new reviews: EPC guidance. Robinson KA, Chou R, Berkman ND, et al. J Clin Epidemiol 2016 Feb;70:38-44. Epub 2015 Aug 7. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

The relationship of individual comorbid chronic conditions to diabetes care quality. Magnan EM, Palta M, Mahoney JE, et al. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care 2015 Jul 23;3(1):e000080. eCollection 2015. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Color-coded prefilled medication syringes decrease time to delivery and dosing errors in simulated prehospital pediatric resuscitations: a randomized crossover trial. Stevens AD, Hernandez C, Jones S, et al. Resuscitation 2015 Nov;96:85-91. Epub 2015 Aug 3. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Implementing a Lean management system in primary care: facilitators and barriers from the front lines. Hung D, Martinez M, Yakir M, et al. Qual Manag Health Care 2015 Jul-Sep;24(3):103-8. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

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