The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)'s programs offer practical information to help a variety of health care organizations, providers, and others make care safer in all health care settings.
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The National Quality Strategy is a national effort to align public- and private-sector stakeholders to achieve better health and health care for all Americans. It was first published in March 2011 as the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care, and is led by AHRQ on behalf of HHS.
AHRQ provides free continuing education events in the areas of comparative effectiveness, quality and patient safety, and prevention/care management.
The AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS™) program enables health care organizations to assess how their staff members’ perceive various aspects of patient safety culture in hospitals, medical offices, nursing homes, community pharmacies, and ambulatory surgery centers.
Evidence-based research provides the basis for sound clinical practice guidelines and recommendations. The recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force are especially useful.
AHRQ’s research-based resources for hospitals include toolkits, recommendations, and other resources to improve quality, reduce errors, and increase patient safety.
AHRQ offers toolkits, recommendations, and other resources for long-term care facilities to improve quality, reduce errors, and increase patient safety.
TalkingQuality is a comprehensive resource and guide for organizations that produce and disseminate reports to consumers on the quality of care provided by health care organizations (e.g., hospitals, health plans, medical groups, nursing homes) and individual physicians.
The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 authorizes AHRQ to list or designate entities as PSOs that attest to having expertise in identifying the causes of, and interventions to reduce the risk of, threats to the quality and safety of patient care. The primary activity of an entity or component organization seeking to be listed as a PSO must be to conduct activities to improve patient safety and health care quality.
AHRQ's health information technology (IT) initiative is part of the Nation's strategy to put information technology to work in health care. By developing secure and private electronic health records for most Americans and making health information available electronically when and where it is needed, health IT can improve the quality of care, even as it makes health care more cost-effective.
AHRQ offers free resources that care providers can use with their teams and share with their patients.