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Toolkit for Improving Hypertension Care & Outcomes 06/23/16
The Toolkit for Improving Hypertension Care & Outcomes presents several evidence-based strategies that health care provider organizations can use to improve hypertension control among their patients. This toolkit provides a variety of resources—such as guidelines, workflows, protocols, templates, videos, and Web links—to support implementing the improvement strategies. 
 
The toolkit covers the following topics:
  • Importance of improving hypertension...
Toolkit for Improving Diabetes Care & Outcomes 06/23/16
The Toolkit for Improving Diabetes Care & Outcomes presents several evidence-based strategies that health care provider organizations can use to improve diabetes control among their patients. This toolkit provides a variety of resources—such as guidelines, electronic health record screenshots, sample policies, templates, and Web links—to support implementing the improvement strategies.   
 
The toolkit covers the following topics:
  • Importance...
Toolkit for Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates 06/23/16
The Toolkit for Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates presents several evidence-based strategies that health care provider organizations can use to increase colorectal cancer screening among their patients. This toolkit also provides a variety of resources—such as guidelines, electronic health record screenshots, processes, templates, Web links—to support implementing the improvement strategies.   
 
The toolkit covers the following topics:
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2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy 05/21/16

Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 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. For the first time, this year’s National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and National Quality Strategy Update is a joint effort addressing the progress made against the National...

Chartbook on Patient Safety 05/10/16

This Patient Safety chartbook is part of a family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). This chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of patient safety from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures of patient safety. 

The chartbook includes the following sections: 

  • Patient safety
  • Summary
  • Patient safety measures
  • Patient safety in the hospital setting
  • ...
Improving Adult Vaccination Practices Toolkit 05/06/16

This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help clinicians and other health care professionals increase vaccination rates for influenza and pneumococcal disease in high-risk and older adults, in order to reduce the risk of disease outbreaks, serious illness, hospitalization, and deaths, as well as related medical costs.

The toolkit includes the following components:
  • Algorithm and instructions for toolkit implementation
  • Sample data collection...
Chartbook on Health Care for Blacks 04/13/16
The Black Health Care chartbook is part of a series of tools and documents that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). This chartbook includes a summary of trends in measures of Black health care from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures of Black health care. Chartbook users can download a PowerPoint version for presentations.
 
The chartbook includes the following sections: 
  • Health care for Blacks
  • ...
Connecting Those at Risk to Care: The Quick Start Guide to Developing Community Care Coordination Pathways 03/03/16

This quick start guide complements the Pathways Community HUB Manual: A Guide To Identify and Address Risk Factors, Reduce Costs, and Improve Outcomes, published in 2016 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). That manual provides beginning tools and strategies for ensuring that individuals most at risk of poor health outcomes are served in a timely, coordinated manner.

The quick start guide is a reference and resource for public and private stakeholders engaged in...

Patient and Family Engagement Resource Compendium 02/23/16

The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) developed this compendium to link patient and family engagement concepts and strategies to available resources. The compendium resources are designed to support hospital efforts to partner with patients and families to improve health care quality. 

The compendium includes the following sections:

  • Leadership
  • Organizational assessments
  • Patient and family advisory council/committee: resources for...
SHARE Approach Curriculum Tools 02/12/16

The SHARE Approach is a five-step process for shared decision making that includes exploring and comparing the benefits, harms, and risks of each option through meaningful dialogue about what matters most to the patient. The five steps of the SHARE Approach are as follows:

  1. Seek your patient’s participation
  2. Help your patient explore and compare treatment options
  3. Assess your patient's values and preferences
  4. Reach a decision with your patient
  5. ...

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