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.
Spanish - Is Lung Cancer Screening Right for Me? A Decisionmaking Tool for You and Your Health Care Professional (Encounter Tool)
This tool in Spanish assists healthcare professionals discuss the benefits and harms of lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography.
Publication Date: March 2016 Publication Number: A16-EHC007-13-B
To promote stronger patient engagement, AHRQ has developed a guide to help patients, families, and health professionals in primary care settings work together as partners to improve care.
Publication Date: March 2016 Publication Number: 13-0001
This guide from the Effective Health Care Program discusses noninvasive treatments for low back pain. The summary is greater than 3 years old. Findings may be used for research purposes but should not be considered current.
Publication Date: February 2016 Publication Number: A1617-EHC004-A
This chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of Black healthcare from the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and figures illustrating select measures of Black healthcare.A PowerPoint version is also available that users can download for presentations.
Publication Date: February 2016 Publication Number: 16-0015-1-EF
This guide informs developers of feedback reports about evidence-based strategies to consider when developing or refining a feedback reporting system.
Publication Date: February 2016 Publication Number: 16-0017-EF
This consumer guide from the Effective Health Care Program discusses medicines to treat alcohol use disorder.
Publication Date: February 2016 Publication Number: A1416-EHC029-A
This tool was designed primarily for users of AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture. The tool is intended for use after your organization administers the survey and analyzes the results. It provides step-by-step guidance to help survey users develop an action plan to improve patient safety culture.
Publication Date: December 2015 Publication Number: 16-0008-EF
Saving Lives and Saving Money: Hospital-Acquired Conditions Update : Interim Data From National Efforts To Make Care Safer, 2010-2014
This document provides preliminary estimates for 2014 on hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), indicating a 17 percent decline, from 145 to 121 HACs per 1,000 discharges, from 2010 to 2014. A cumulative total of 2.1 million fewer HACs were experienced by hospital patients in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 relative to the number of HACs that would have occurred if rates had remained steady at the 2010 level. Approximately 87,000 fewer patients died in the hospital as a result of the reduction in HACs, and approximately $19.8 billion in healthcare costs were saved from 2010 to 2014.
Publication Date: November 2015 Publication Number: 16-0009-EF
This final project report presents an overview of all evaluation products from the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program, a synthesis of select findings from the national evaluation, observations on the grant program itself, and lessons learned in conducting the evaluation.
Publication Date: October 2015 Publication Number: 16-0007-EF