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As patients and clinicians participate in telediagnosis at scale, it is vital to consider quality and safety issues that arise when it is used for the diagnosis of acute conditions. What is known? What is not known? Given the likelihood that telehealth will become a mainstay after the current COVID-19 epidemic, we need to learn about optimizing the use of telediagnosis from the massive expansion now in progress and identify emerging research priorities.
Publication Date: August 2020
Publication Number: 20-0040-2-EF
This Issue Brief discusses the state of the science of operational measurement of diagnostic safety, informed by recent peer-reviewed scientific publications, innovations in real-world healthcare settings, and initiatives to spur further development of diagnostic safety measures. The aim is to provide knowledge and recommendations to encourage HCOs to begin to identify and learn from diagnostic errors.
Publication Date: April 2020
Publication Number: 20-0040-1-EF
Making Healthcare Safer III reviews 47 practices that target patient safety improvement in hospitals, primary care practices, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare settings.
Publication Date: March 2020
Publication Number: 20-0029-EF
Each year since 2003, AHRQ has produced the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report. This report to Congress is mandated in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-129).
Publication Date: September 2019
Publication Number: 19-0070-EF
The AHRQ Publishing and Communications Guidelines provide the standards for AHRQ products developed in-house and by contractors and provide an overview of communication support.
Publication Date: June 2019
Publication Number: 17-0015-EF
This Patient Safety chartbook is part of a family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). The QDR includes annual reports to Congress mandated in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-129). This chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of patient safety from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures of patient safety. A PowerPoint version is also available that users can download for presentations.
Publication Date: October 2018
Publication Number: 18(19)-0033-4-EF
Each year since 2003, AHRQ has produced the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report. These reports to Congress are mandated in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-129).
Publication Date: September 2018
Publication Number: 18-0033-1-EF
This report presents findings from a literature review of empirical research on additional cost and excess mortality for 10 healthcare-acquired conditions (HACs). Estimated added costs across all HACs ranged from $600 to $48,000 per case, while excess mortality estimates ranged from 5 deaths per 1,000 cases to 150 deaths per 1,000 cases. These values will assist Federal efforts to track progress on improving patient safety and eliminating HACs.AHRQ.
Publication Date: November 2017
Publication Number: 18-0011-EF
The Toolkit To Promote Safe Surgery helps perioperative and surgical units in hospitals identify opportunities to improve care and safety practices and implement evidence-based interventions to prevent surgical site infections. For a toolkit that focuses on ambulatory surgery centers, access the AHRQ Toolkit To Improve Safety in Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
Publication Date: November 2017
Publication Number: 16(18)-0004
This consumer guide from the Effective Health Care program is greater than 3 years old. Findings should not be considered current.
Publication Date: October 2017
Publication Number: A1518-EHC027-B