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.
AHRQ Safety Program for Perinatal Care-I aims to improve the patient safety culture of labor and delivery (L&D) units and decrease maternal and neonatal adverse events resulting from poor communication and system failures. AHRQ Safety Program for Perinatal Care-II provides resources that align the first toolkit’s adaptive care processes with the clinical care processes recommended in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) program. The new tools are designed to help L&D units reduce obstetric hemorrhage and severe hypertension in pregnancy, two leading known causes of preventable maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in the United States.
AHRQ funds and conducts research to improve understanding of the impacts of SDOH, the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age, and how to mitigate them through the lens of the healthcare system.
TAKEheart is an AHRQ initiative to help hospitals increase participation in cardiac rehabilitation (CR) using automatic referral and care coordination. CR is a medically supervised secondary prevention program that provides patient-centric education, risk factor mitigation, supervised exercise training, and psychosocial support to improve cardiovascular health.