Training tools to make care safer
Five-step process for clinicians and their patients
Helps hospitals prevent CAUTI


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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This guide helps hospitals work as partners with patients and families to improve quality and safety by encouraging patients and family members to participate as advisors. The tools help to promote better communication, implement nurse bedside change-of-shift reports, and engage patients and families in discharge planning throughout the hospital stay.
Date Published: September 2012
Setting of Care: Hospital
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This guide presents strategies to design and deliver transitional care to adult Medicaid patients to help reduce hospital readmissions. It provides tools and guidance on who should use them and how.
Date Published: November 2016
Setting of Care: Hospital
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This toolkit provides clinicians and researchers instruments, forms and tools for the ambulatory-based medication therapy management model, which focuses on medication reconciliation and assessment and resolution of drug-related problems in the Medicare population.
Date Published: July 2012
Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care, Hospital
Improving Patient Flow and Reducing Hospital Emergency Department Crowding: A Guide for Hospitals
This guide presents step-by-step instructions for planning and implementing patient flow improvement strategies to ease emergency department crowding.
Date Published: September 2012
Setting of Care: Hospital
doctor making notes
The Improving Your Office Lab Testing Process Ambulatory Toolkit increases the reliability of the lab testing process within a medical office with step-by-step guidance. Includes checklists and materials to help communicate with patients
Date Published: January 2018
Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care, Hospital
Lung Cancer Screening: A Clinician's Checklist
This tool can help clinicians help longtime smokers between the ages of 55 and 80 make informed decisions decide whether to get screened for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography.
Date Published: March 2016
Setting of Care: Ambulatory Care
prescription medication being dispensed into a person's palm.
The MATCH toolkit features a step-by-step guide for hospitals to improve medication reconciliation processes as patients move through the health care system.
Date Published: August 2012
Setting of Care: Hospital, Long-term Care, Outpatient Surgery
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This guide provides toolkits to help nursing homes optimize their use of antibiotics.
Date Published: October 2016
Setting of Care: Long-term Care
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This toolkit was developed to provide nursing homes that have an electronic medical records system with tools to effectively monitor and manage pressure ulcers. Clinical reports provide information about the number and types of pressure ulcers that residents have developed.
Date Published: April 2016
Setting of Care: Long-term Care
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) created On-Time Pressure Ulcer Prevention to help nursing homes with electronic medical records reduce the occurrence of in-house pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers remain a serious problem in nursing homes despite regulatory and market approaches to encourage prevention and treatment.
Date Published: November 2017
Setting of Care: Long-term Care