AHRQ's Impact Case Studies Program catalogues the impact the Agency's research and resources have on outcomes, quality, cost, use, and access. They demonstrate how AHRQ-funded research, tools, and products are actually being used by Federal and State Government; individual practices, clinics, and hospitals; insurance companies; professional associations; and schools of public health and medicine. New … Continue reading New studies added to AHRQ’s Knowledge Transfer Case Studies
The Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture is an expansion of AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture. The medical office survey is designed to measure the culture of patient safety in medical offices from the perspective of providers and staff. The Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database consists of data from more than 900 … Continue reading Patient safety resources – New from AHRQ
From the New York Times online, commentary from Ezekiel J. Emanuel. The sleek, four-armed “da Vinci” robot has been called a breakthrough technology for procedures like prostate surgery. “Imagine,” the manufacturer says, “having the benefits of a definitive treatment but with the potential for significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster return to normal … Continue reading In Medicine, Falling for Fake Innovation
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed a toolkit to help hospitals understand the Quality Indicators (QIs). To orient users to the toolkit, AHRQ held a Web seminar on February 15, 2012. View the presentation slides: How To Improve Performance on the AHRQ Inpatient Quality and Patient Safety Indicators: Introducing a Toolkit for … Continue reading Webinar (archived) on AHRQ Quality Indicators Toolkit for Hospitals
The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2012 User Comparative Database Report. Based on data from 1,128 U.S. hospitals, the report provides initial results that hospitals can use to compare their patient safety culture to other U.S. hospitals. In addition, the 2012 report presents results … Continue reading Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2012 User Comparative Database Report
An article in today's New York Times, "As Doctors Use More Devices, Potential for Distraction Grows," talks about the downside of devices such as smartphones and tablets. Hospitals and doctors’ offices, hoping to curb medical error, have invested heavily to put computers, smartphones and other devices into the hands of medical staff for instant access to … Continue reading Distracted Doctoring?
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is funding a national effort to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections (BSIs) in U.S. hospitals by implementing a Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP). The On the CUSP: Stop BSI project is a unique partnership with the Health Research & Educational Trust, the Johns Hopkins University Quality and … Continue reading Eliminating CLABSI: A National Patient Safety Imperative