Closing the Quality Gap Series

Revisiting the State of the Science

Overview of a new series of reports on quality improvement strategies.


Between 2004 and 2007, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a series of evidence reports—Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies—that summarized the evidence on quality improvement strategies related to chronic conditions (diabetes, asthma, hypertension), practice areas (prevention of healthcare-acquired infections, antibiotic prescribing behavior), and cross-cutting priorities (care coordination).

This new series of reports, Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of Science, continues the focus on improving the quality of health care through critical assessment of relevant evidence for selected settings, interventions, and clinical conditions. Select for an overview that provides background on the launching of the series; topic selection and development, the key questions (KQ) that will guide the scope, technical expert panel selection, analysis, and reporting of each topic; and the organizing analytic framework to guide scope development and organization of the summary report of the overall series.

The following evidence reports are available:

Page last reviewed July 2016
Page originally created January 2013
Internet Citation: Closing the Quality Gap Series. Content last reviewed July 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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