The Effective Health Care Program Stakeholder Guide

Chapter 4: Using Research

AHRQ's research products are used by Federal and State agencies, patients, caregivers, clinicians, professional associations, consumer organizations, health delivery systems, payers, policymakers, and others committed to evidence-based health care. AHRQ research products provide health care decisionmakers the best available scientific evidence without making specific recommendations or evaluating cost.

EHC Program research products can be used in myriad ways. For example—

  • Patients may use consumer summary guides to evaluate health care options, initiate discussions with their health care providers, and be actively involved in their health care decisions.
  • Public and private-sector organizations may use research reviews as a basis for developing clinical practice guidelines, performance measures, educational materials, and quality or operational improvement tools.
  • Clinicians may use research reviews or clinician summary guides to evaluate health care options, initiate discussions with their patients, and deliver high-quality evidence-based care.
  • Clinicians may provide consumer summary guides to patients to help explain health care options or reinforce health messages.
  • Payers and insurers may use research reviews or policymaker summary guides to inform benefit and coverage decisions.
  • Professional societies may use research reviews to develop professional guidelines.
  • Policymakers may use summary guides to design evidence-based policies that improve access to high-quality care.
  • Health care organizations may use research reviews or summary guides to develop and implement clinical decision support tools or other evidence-based practice tools.
  • Academic medical centers and universities may use EHC products to develop academic or continuing education curriculums.


Page last reviewed April 2018
Page originally created September 2012
Internet Citation: Chapter 4: Using Research. Content last reviewed April 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.