AHRQ Patient Safety Tools and Resources
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Factsheet on glucose control and the prevention of surgical site infections
Estimating the Additional Hospital Inpatient Cost and Mortality Associated With Selected Hospital-Acquired Conditions
Estimating the additional hospital inpatient cost and mortality associated with selected hospital-acquired conditions

Publications

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.

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2016 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report
Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report and the National Healthcare Disparities Report. These reports to Congress are mandated in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-129). Beginning with the 2014 reports, findings on health care quality and health care disparities are integrated into a single document.
Publication Date: June 2017
Publication Number: 17-0001
All-Payer Claims Databases Measurement of Care: Systematic Review and Environmental Scan of Current Practices and Evidence
State-and national-level momentum is building to create and maintain all-payer claims databases (APCDs), with increasing interest from multiple stakeholders in improving the value of health care in order to achieve the Triple Aim of better health, better quality, and more efficiency. APCDs are large-scale databases that systematically collect professional, facility, pharmacy, laboratory, and dental claims, as well as eligibility and provider files from private and public payers. AHRQ funded this literature review and environmental scan, which maps an approach to creating an inventory of measures of quality, cost, and utilization of care across settings for potential use with an APCD, noting gaps or current barriers to APCD measurement.
Publication Date: June 2017
Publication Number: 17-0022-2-EF
Treating and Preventing C. difficile Infections - A Review of the Research for Adults
A C. difficile infection (CDI) results from a type of bacteria (or germ) called Clostridium difficile infecting your large intestine. C. difficile bacteria are common and can be found everywhere. These bacteria can be found in the air, in water, or on items such as door knobs, sinks, and countertops. Small amounts of C. difficile bacteria are even found in many people's intestines.
Publication Date: May 2017
Publication Number: A1617-EHC012-A
EHC Spanish Consumer Guide - Tratamiento para la incontinencia fecal
Investigadores financiados por la Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Agencia para la Investigación y la Calidad de la Atención Médica; AHRQ, por su sigla en inglés), una agencia de investigación del gobierno federal, revisaron estudios sobre el tratamiento de la incontinencia fecal publicados entre 1980 y junio de 2015. El informe incluyó 63 estudios que compararon un tratamiento con otro y 53 dedicados exclusivamente a la cirugía para tratar la FI. El informe fue revisado por profesionales de atención médica, investigadores, expertos y el público.
Publication Date: May 2017
Publication Number: A1517-EHC037-B
EHC Spanish Consumer Guide - Comparacion entre la psicoterapia y otros tratamientos para la depression con los medicamentos antidepresivos
La depresión es una enfermedad que afecta al cerebro. La depresión no es lo mismo que sentirse triste o desanimado durante unos días. Cuando se tiene depresión, se pueden tener síntomas casi todos los días. La persona puede estar triste, con falta de energía o sentirse cansada la mayor parte del tiempo. Puede perder las ganas de hacer cosas que antes disfrutaba.
Publication Date: May 2017
Publication Number: A1517-EHC031-B
Advances in Patient Safety and Medical Liability
In October 2009, AHRQ launched the Patient Safety and Medical Liability (PSML) Initiative to address four goals: (1) putting patient safety first by reducing preventable injuries, (2) fostering better communication between doctors and patients, (3) ensuring fair and timely compensation for medical injuries while reducing malpractice litigation, and (4) reducing liability premiums. Under the PSML initiative, AHRQ funded 13 planning grants and 7 demonstration grants; the goal was to help States and health systems seek comprehensive solutions that improve patient safety and address the underlying causes of the malpractice problem.
Publication Date: April 2017
Publication Number: 17-0017-EF
EHC Consumer Guide: Tratamiento para el trastorno del apetito desenfrenado.
Investigadores financiados por la Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Agencia para la Investigación y la Calidad de la Atención Médica; AHRQ, por su sigla en inglés), una agencia de investigación del gobierno federal, revisaron estudios acerca de los tratamientos del trastorno por atracón publicados hasta enero de 2015. El informe incluyó 57 estudios y una revisión sistemática, y fue revisado por profesionales de la atención médica, investigadores, expertos y el público.
Publication Date: April 2017
Publication Number: A1517-EHC030-B
EHC Consumer Guide: Tratamiento del hemangioma infantil en ninos.
Un hemangioma infantil (IH, por su sigla en inglés) es una marca de nacimiento que se produce cuando un grupo de vasos sanguíneos y otras células no crecen normalmente. Al principio, la marca comienza con un pequeño bulto o parche de color en la piel y puede crecer rápidamente. Su color depende de qué tan profundo esté el IH dentro de la piel. A menudo, el IH no es visible al nacimiento. La marca empieza a aparecer en las primeras semanas de vida.
Publication Date: March 2017
Publication Number: A1617-EHC002-B
EHC Consumer Guide: Si tiene que hacerse una biopsia del seno
Este resumen le puede ayudar a hablar con su médico o enfermera acerca de la biopsia del seno. Si tiene un bulto en el seno o una sombra en la mamografía, la biopsia del seno indicará si se trata o no de cáncer. Este resumen le informará sobre los diferentes tipos de biopsia del seno. Le indicará qué puede suceder cuando se haga una biopsia del seno.
Publication Date: March 2017
Publication Number: A1417-EHC040-B
Inventory and Prioritization of Measures To Support the Growing Effort in Transparency Using All-Payer Claims Databases
For several decades, measures of health care quality have been embraced as tools for quality improvement, transparency, and accountability. As health care costs continue to rise, more stakeholders are calling for such measures to be used as part of value assessments, to understand how high health care expenditures, high out-of-pocket costs, and high local and Federal spending on health care can be shifted toward better care at better prices. One way to use measures this way is through all-payer claims databases (APCDs). The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded the APCD project to learn more about how APCDs are used and how their uses can be expanded. This report provides background on APCDs and the APCD project, uses of APCD-based measures, and evaluation of data from a few State APCDs.
Publication Date: March 2017
Publication Number: 17-0022-1-EF

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