Health Care Quality

Keeping patients safe in health care settings is fundamental to achieving high-quality health care for all Americans. Our current initiatives aim to increase patient safety through prevention strategies focused on adverse drug events and health care-associated infections.

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AHRQ’s Tools for Change Can Help Primary Care Practices Implement Evidence

By Cindy Brach, Senior Health Care Researcher, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The Healthy People 2020 initiative includes objectives to improve heart health through prevention, detection, and treatment of risk factors. You can learn how to advance these objectives — as well as objectives related to other topics — by visiting EvidenceNOW Tools for Change, a curated collection of more than 100 tools and resources designed to help primary care practices improve quality by providing evidence-based care.…

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Featured Initiatives

Adverse Drug Events

Adverse Drug Events

Many ADEs (injuries that result from medical intervention related to a drug) are preventable. Our national action plan to prevent ADEs seeks to engage leaders at all levels to use evidence-based guidelines and strategies to help prevent ADEs.

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Health Care-Associated Infections

Health Care-Associated Infections

HAIs (infections people get while they are receiving health care) are a significant cause of illness and death. Our national action plan to reduce HAIs provides a road map for preventing HAIs in health care facilities.

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Pathways to Safer Opioid Use course

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use

This interactive training for health professionals promotes the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain.

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Partnering to Heal course

Partnering to Heal

This online video-simulation training program focuses on HAI prevention for clinicians, health professional students, and patient advocates.

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