Innovations To Improve Patient Safety Wednesday, May 18, 2016

This issue of the Innovations Exchange is the last in our monthly series focused on health care disparities experienced by different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups in the U.S. population.

Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report and the National Healthcare Disparities Report. Beginning with the 2014 reports, findings on health care quality and health care disparities are integrated into a single document. The National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) provides a comprehensive overview of the quality of care received by the general U.S. population and health care disparities. Detailed information on individual measures and specific populations is available through a series of chartbooks.

In March 2016, AHRQ released the Chartbook on Patient Safety, which summarizes trends across measures of patient safety from the QDR, both overall and for populations defined by age, sex, race, ethnicity, income, and other characteristics. The chartbook includes information about patient safety measures in hospitals, ambulatory care, nursing homes, and home health.  

The Innovations Exchange collection contains many Innovation Profiles and QualityTools aimed at improving patient safety across a range of health care settings. This issue features a selection of content related to preventing adverse healthcare-associated conditions and harm from care.

To learn how AHRQ-supported evidence makes health care safer, visit AHRQ Views to read blog posts by AHRQ leaders about Strengthening AHRQ’s Role in Preventing Medical Errors and how AHRQ Supports Hospitals As They Make Care Safer.

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