Patient and Family Engagement

To promote stronger engagement, AHRQ offers tools and research to help patients, families, and health professionals work together as partners.

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Tools

The Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety focuses on strategies for promoting patient and family engagement in hospital safety and quality of care.

The Guide to Improving Patient Safety in Primary Care Settings by Engaging Patients and Families project focuses on developing approaches to improve patient safety in primary care settings by engaging patients and families.

Improving Your Office Testing Process: Patient Engagement Survey can help assess patients' understanding of their tests and their knowledge about what they should do after receiving test results.

The Toolkit To Educate and Engage Residents and Family Members is one of four toolkits in the Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide. It helps a nursing home encourage an open and respectful dialogue between nurses and prescribing clinicians and residents and their family members and helps residents and family members participate in their care.

Research

Practice-Based Research Networks involve practicing clinicians to answer clinical and organizational questions central to primary health care and offer research on patient engagement.

The AHRQ Health IT Program has research on the interaction of health IT and patient engagement.