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.
The Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care serves as a national resource and coordinating center for those interested in integrating behavioral health into primary care. Integration in this context refers to primary care and behavioral health clinicians working together with patients and families, using a systematic and evidenced-based approach to provide patient-centered care. This care may address mental health and substance abuse conditions, health behaviors (including their contribution to chronic medical illnesses), life stressors and crises, stress-related physical symptoms, and ineffective patterns of health care utilization.
The Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program is a patient safety model that includes training tools to make care safer by improving the foundation for how physicians, nurses, and other clinical team members work together. It builds the capacity to address safety issues by combining clinical best practices and the science of safety.
AHRQ provides free continuing education events in the areas of comparative effectiveness, quality and patient safety, and prevention/care management.
Shared Decision Making is a collaborative process in which patients and clinicians work together to make healthcare decisions informed by evidence; the care team's knowledge and experience; and the patient's values, goals, preferences, and circumstances.