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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers practical, research-based tools and other resources to help a variety of health care organizations, providers, and others make care safer in all health care settings.

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Action Planning Tool for the AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture
This tool was designed for users of the AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture and is intended for use after an organization administers one of the five culture surveys and analyzes the results. It provides step-by-step guidance to help survey users develop an action plan to improve patient safety culture.
Date Published: December 2015
Setting of Care: Hospital
AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions, 2nd edition
This toolkit provides evidence-based guidance to adult and pediatric health care providers practices to ensure that systems are in place to promote better understanding by patients. The toolkit contains 21 tools, appendices, sample forms, PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, and a Quick Start Guide.
Date Published: April 2010
Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care, Hospital, Long-term Care, Outpatient Surgery
AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center
This site provides pharmacists with six health literacy tools. Curricular modules that can help pharmacy faculty integrate health literacy quality improvement into courses, experiential education, and projects are also available.
Date Published: July 2013
Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care, Hospital
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This toolkit helps dialysis center clinicians prevent healthcare-associated infections and make care safer by following clinical best practices, creating a culture of safety, using checklists and other audit tools, and engaging with patients and their families.
Date Published: April 2014
Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care, Long-term Care
AHRQ's Making Informed Consent an Informed Choice: Training Modules for Health Care Leaders and Professionals
These interactive training tools teach strategies that health care organizations and clinical teams can use to ensure that people understand their alternatives, including the option of not having any treatment.
Date Published: December 2016
Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care, Hospital, Outpatient Surgery
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Leaders in infectious disease and infection control can use this toolkit to develop interventions to control carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). The toolkit is organized into six sections and can be used either in its entirety or by pulling out specific sections that meet an organization’s needs.
Date Published: March 2014
Setting of Care: Hospital
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The CANDOR toolkit contains eight modules that include PowerPoint slides with facilitator notes, tools, resources, and videos, to help health care institutions and practitioners respond when unexpected events cause a patient harm.
Date Published: April 2017
Setting of Care: Hospital
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This toolkit helps primary care practices determine and evaluate what accessible and affordable resources exist in their community for patients struggling with obesity and/or prediabetes; establish a productive relationship with community partners and develop a bidirectional referral process that integrates directly into existing patient flow; and enhance engagement strategies with patients.
Date Published: March 2014
Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care
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The Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) Patient Safety Clinical Decision Support Implementation Toolkit helps clinicians and clinical informaticians in primary care and other ambulatory settings implement and adopt the community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) clinical decision support alert to identify the severity of a patient’s CAP and determine the appropriate site of care to manage it.
Date Published: January 2018
Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care
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Created for clinicians by clinicians, this toolkit includes training tools to make care safer by improving the foundation of how physicians, nurses, and other clinical team members work together and builds the capacity to address safety issues by combining clinical best practices and the science of safety. Additional AHRQ toolkits build on the CUSP model to address problems such as central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), infections associated with ventilators, surgical complications, and more.
Date Published: December 2012
Setting of Care: Hospital, Outpatient Surgery


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