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Information on AHRQ's most-searched topics are included below and in the A to Z menu above.

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Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antimicrobial stewardship programs are coordinated programs within a health care setting that promote the appropriate use of antimicrobials, thereby improving patient outcomes, reducing antibiotic resistance, and decreasing the spread of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant organisms.

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Antimicrobial stewardship programs are coordinated programs within a health care setting that promote the appropriate use of antimicrobials, thereby improving patient outcomes, reducing antibiotic resistance, and decreasing the spread of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant organisms.

AHRQ's work on antimicrobial stewardship programs is part of the broad national effort to maintain the effectiveness and safety of the Nation’s antibiotics. They are an important part of the White House’s National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB).

AHRQ has developed tools, research, and resources to improve the use of antibiotics through antimicrobial stewardship programs.

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Diagnostic Error

Diagnostic error is a significant and under-recognized threat to patient safety. AHRQ is funding research to better understand how these errors happen and what can be done to prevent them.

AHRQ is the lead Federal agency investing in research to improve diagnostic safety. According to the More...

Diagnostic error is a significant and under-recognized threat to patient safety. AHRQ is funding research to better understand how these errors happen and what can be done to prevent them.

AHRQ is the lead Federal agency investing in research to improve diagnostic safety. According to the AHRQ-sponsored report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care , published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2015, most patients will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime. These errors occur in all settings of care, contribute to about 10 percent of patient deaths, and are the primary reason for medical liability claims. Substantial effort is needed to identify research priorities, including how to measure and reduce diagnostic errors, and ensure this information is integrated into practice, where it will translate meaningful benefits for patients. Since 2007, AHRQ has invested in research to discover findings that advance the knowledge of diagnostic safety and to develop practical tools and resources to improve diagnostic safety.

AHRQ is also co-leading the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety, which is co-chaired by Jeffrey Brady, M.D., director of AHRQ’s Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and Tejal Gandhi, M.D., who is chief clinical and safety officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

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Patient and Family Engagement

AHRQ's tools and research on patient and family engagement.

All-Payer Claims

AHRQ's project to advance use of all-payer claims databases among States.

Care Coordination
AHRQ's tools, research, and data for care coordination, which involves optimally organizing patient care and information-sharing activities.
Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)

AHRQ tools, research, and resources related to reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), among the most common types of healthcare-associated infections.

Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)
AHRQ's tools, research, and resources to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), which are associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and costs.
Disparities
AHRQ’s reports, chartbooks, and data on disparities in health care related to race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
Falls Prevention

AHRQ’s tools, training, and research on preventing falls in hospitals and nursing homes.

Hospital Readmissions
AHRQ’s tools, data, and research to help hospitals reduce preventable readmissions.

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