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.

News & Announcements

Putting the Evidence into Decision Making

At the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) Program, we place a high priority on helping health care professionals keep pace with today’s ever-increasing abundance of health information. Our mission is to make sure health care decisions are based on the best available evidence for the best possible health outcome.

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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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