The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)'s publications offer practical information to help a variety of health care organizations, providers, and others make care safer in all health care settings.
Health Information Technology for Engaging Patients in Diagnostic Decision Making in Emergency Departments
Diagnostic Safety Issue Brief #4:
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care calls for healthcare professionals to engage patients in diagnostic decision making. Patient engagement refers to the concept of patients being actively involved in their healthcare, including but not limited to engaging with medical providers and the health system in diagnosis, treatment, and overall disease management decisions. An increasing body of research shows that patients engaged in their care have improved health outcomes and care experiences.
Publication Date: Publication Number: 20(21)-0040-4-EF
For the 17th year in a row, AHRQ is reporting on healthcare quality and disparities. The annual National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report is mandated by Congress to provide a comprehensive overview of the quality of healthcare received by the general U.S. population and disparities in care experienced by different racial and socioeconomic groups. The report is produced with the help of an Interagency Work Group led by AHRQ.
Publication Date: Publication Number: 20(21)-0045-EF
This chartbook provides information regarding disparities in access to and quality of healthcare received by Veterans.
Publication Date: Publication Number: 21-0003
Diagnostic Safety Issue Brief #3:
The use of checklists as a tool to improve performance has proven successful in a variety of healthcare settings. For instance, checklists have been successful in preventing hospital-acquired infections and preventing errors in the surgical process. The use of checklists has also been recommended as a tool to reduce diagnostic errors. Diagnostic errors are frequent and often have severe consequences but have received little attention in the field of patient safety.
Checklists are considered a promising intervention for the area of diagnosis because they can support clinicians in their diagnostic decision making by helping them take correct diagnostic steps and ensuring that possible diagnoses are not overlooked. In this issue brief, we summarize current evidence on using checklists to improve diagnostic reasoning.
Publication Date: Publication Number: 20-0040-3-EF
Diagnostic Safety Issue Brief #2:
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: Publication Number: 20-0040-2-EF
Diagnostic Safety Issue Brief #1:
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Publication Number: 18(19)-0033-4-EF