AHRQ Grantee Profile: Peter Pronovost, M.D., Critical Care Physician, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Issue #542
AHRQ's Electronic Newsletter summarizes Agency research and programmatic activities.
November 15, 2016

AHRQ Stats: Health Care Expenses

In 2014, 76 percent of Americans within the U.S. community population had expenses for ambulatory care. Smaller percentages of people had expenses for prescribed medicines (61 percent); home health care/other medical equipment (20 percent); and hospital inpatient care (7 percent). (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #493: National Health Care Expenses Per Person in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2014.)

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AHRQ Grantee Profile: Peter Pronovost, M.D., Critical Care Physician, Johns Hopkins Hospital

AHRQ’s latest grantee profile explores how Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., has made health care safer for patients. Over nearly two decades, his AHRQ-funded work has influenced the course of patient safety improvement by helping the field understand how errors occur, learning how organizational factors affect safety and developing interventions to make health care safer.  Check out his profile and other AHRQ grantees who have made major advances in health services research.

New AHRQ Publications Summarize Evidence on Treating Low Back Pain

New evidence-based publications from AHRQ can help clinicians, patients and their families make informed decisions about treating low back pain, a condition that affects eight out of 10 people at least once in their lifetimes. Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain: Current State of the Evidence is a publication for clinicians that summarizes the benefits and harms of noninvasive treatments for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain. The publication summarizes findings in an AHRQ-funded systematic review that examined interventions including exercise, medications, acupuncture and superficial heat. The publication also evaluates the strength of evidence for each finding. Also available is a new continuing education module based on the evidence review, as well as a plain-language publication for patients, Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain—A Summary of the Research for Adults.

Register, Submit Abstracts for 2017 TeamSTEPPS® National Conference

Registration is open for AHRQ’s 2017 TeamSTEPPS® National Conference June 14-16 in Cleveland. Presentation abstracts and posters must be submitted no later than Dec. 16. TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based patient safety training program that emphasizes the importance of communication and teamwork among health care professionals. The conference will include pre-conference sessions, keynote presentations, concurrent presentation panels, networking opportunities and poster sessions. Access the call for proposals.

New AHRQ Views Blog Post

Register Now: 9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health on Dec. 14-15

Join those on the frontlines of dissemination and implementation science by registering for the 9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and AcademyHealth, along with AHRQ, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Insititute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This meeting, Dec. 14-15 in Washington, D.C, will focus on the highest priorities for dissemination and implementation science now and in the future to help optimize health and health care. Visit the conference website for the preliminary agenda and a full list of confirmed plenary speakers.

Featured Case Study: AHRQ Safety Program Helps Sinai Health System Reduce Infections and Medication Errors

Mount Sinai Hospital, a Sinai Health System facility in Chicago, used an AHRQ safety program to reduce the rate of central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs) from 2.67 per 1,000 patient days in February 2014 to zero two years later. The hospital used AHRQ’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program to assemble interdisciplinary teams that tackled CLABSIs in its neonatal intensive care unit. Access the case study.

AHRQ in the Professional Literature

The association between PICC use and venous thromboembolism in upper and lower extremities. Greene MT, Flanders SA, Woller SC, et al. Am J Med 2015 Sep;128(9):986-93.e1. Epub 2015 May 1. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Inertia in health care organizations: a case study of peritoneal dialysis services. Wang V, Lee SY, Maciejewski ML. Health Care Manage Rev 2015 Jul-Sep; 40(3):203-13. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

The cost of sustaining a patient-centered medical home: experience from 2 states. Magill MK, Ehrenberger D, Scammon DL, et al. Ann Fam Med 2015 Sep;13(5):429-35. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Understanding how low-income families prioritize elements of health care access for their children via the optimal care model. Angier H, Gregg J, Gold R, et al. BMC Health Serv Res 2014 Nov 19;14:585. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Lithium treatment and risk for dementia in adults with bipolar disorder: population-based cohort study. Gerhard T, Devanand DP, Huang C, et al. Br J Psychiatry 2015 Jul;207(1):46-51. Epub 2015 Jan 22. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Unplanned readmissions after hospitalization for severe sepsis at academic medical center-affiliated hospitals. Donnelly JP, Hohmann SF, Wang HE. Crit Care Med 2015 Sep;43(9):1916-27. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Breaking the silence: determinants of voice for quality improvement in hospitals. Nembhard IM, Labao I, Savage S. Health Care Manage Rev 2015 Jul-Sep;40(3):225-36. Access the abstract in PubMed®.

Implementation of care management: an analysis of recent AHRQ research. Tomoaia-Cotisel A, Farrell TW, Solberg LI, et al. Med Care Res Rev 2016 Oct 20. [Epub ahead of print.] Access the abstract in PubMed®.

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