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.
This toolkit assists hospitals, including those that serve diverse populations, improve their hospital discharge process to reduce avoidable readmissions and posthospital emergency department visits. A guide for patients and families, available in English and Spanish, was developed as part of the toolkit.
Date Published: March 2013 Setting of Care: Hospital, Long-term Care
Learn about tools to help healthcare organizations address social determinants of health and patients’ social needs.
Date Published: January 2020 Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care, Long-term Care
TeamSTEPPS is a customizable program plus specialized tools to reduce risks to patient safety by training clinicians in teamwork and communication skills. Materials include a leader's guide for trainers, a pocket guide of important concepts for trainees, and a multimedia guide featuring training videos to illustrate various concepts. There are TeamSTEPPS modules for (1) hospitals (2) medical offices (3) long-term care facilities (4) rapid response teams (5) staff treating patients with limited English proficiency, and (6) dental offices.
Date Published: May 2016 Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care, Hospital, Long-term Care, Outpatient Surgery
Find AHRQ tools that can assist healthcare systems address health literacy and each of 10 attributes of health literate healthcare organizations.
Date Published: June 2019 Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care, Hospital, Long-term Care
These materials contain a five-step process for clinicians to use with patients that encourages exploring and comparing the benefits, harms, and risks of each option through meaningful dialogue about what matters most to the patient.
Date Published: July 2014 Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care, Outpatient Surgery
This toolkit can help hospital infection prevention programs implement a decolonization protocol that was found to reduce bloodstream infections by roughly 30 percent in adult inpatients who were not in intensive care units and who had specific medical devices. It includes implementation instructions, demonstration videos, and customizable tools.
Date Published: March 2022 Setting of Care: Hospital
This toolkit is designed to promote enhanced communication and information sharing within the patient-provider encounter so patients, families, and health professionals can work together as partners to improve diagnostic safety.
Date Published: August 2021 Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care
This toolkit provides materials that explain the concepts, change strategies, tools, and resources to teach residents and improve care for patients with chronic illness in an academic setting. It assists academic health care environments in implementing the Chronic Care Model approach.
Date Published: January 2008 Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care
This toolkit helps hospital labor and delivery units improve patient safety, team communication, and quality of care for mothers and their newborns with an aim of decreasing maternal and neonatal adverse events resulting from poor communication and system failures.
Date Published: June 2017 Setting of Care: Hospital
This customizable, educational toolkit aims to help hospital intensive care units (ICUs) reduce rates of central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). Using the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) and other evidence-based practices, the toolkit helps ICUs assess their current CLABSI and CAUTI prevention efforts, has resources to help ICUs overcome common challenges in infection-reduction efforts, and provides the clinical and cultural guidance to make changes needed to decrease CLABSI and CAUTI rates.
Date Published: April 2022 Setting of Care: Hospital