Practice Improvement

AHRQ is committed to helping health systems and frontline clinicians deliver high-quality, safe, high-value healthcare. We develop, test, and share tools and strategies to help implement what works to improve practice because we know that changing medical practice can be difficult and people delivering care want to use proven methods and apply solid evidence to improve the lives of the patients they serve.

Tools, Toolkits and Training Resources

Organizations and frontline clinicians nationwide use AHRQ’s evidence-based tools, toolkits, and training resources to improve the quality, safety, and value of healthcare to improve the lives of patients. A sample of just some of our many tools, toolkits, and trainings is below.

Improving Quality 

Tools Toolkit Training
  • ePSS
    Application to help primary care clinicians identify clinical preventive services that are appropriate for their patients.
  • Emergency Severity Index triage tool
    Emergency department triage algorithm that provides clinically relevant stratification of patients into five groups from most to least urgent on the basis of acuity and resource needs.

Improving Safety 

Tools Toolkit Training
  • QuestionBuilder App
    App to help patients and caregivers prepare for medical appointments and maximize visit time.
  • CUSP
    Method that helps clinical teams make care safer by combining improved teamwork, clinical best practices, and the science of safety.
  • On-Time Pressure Ulcer Prevention
    Tools to assist nursing homes that have electronic medical record systems to prevent adverse events.
  • TeamSTEPPS
    Teamwork tools that improve communication and teamwork skills among healthcare professionals.

Improving Value 

Tools Toolkit Training


Our Patient Safety and Quality Improvement site and our National Center for Excellence for Primary Care Research have additional tools, toolkits, and resources.

Read more about some of AHRQ’s major practice improvement initiatives.

Page last reviewed September 2019
Page originally created August 2019
Internet Citation: Practice Improvement. Content last reviewed September 2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.