Quality Improvement in Primary Care Fact Sheet
Engaging primary care practices in Quality Improvement (QI) activities is essential to improving the health of the population, enhancing patient experiences and outcomes, and reducing the per capita cost of care, A new fact sheet from AHRQ, Quality Improvement in Primary Care: External Supports for Practices provides information and resources on four categories of external supports that can be used alone or in combination to assist practices: data feedback and benchmarking; practice facilitation or coaching; expert consultation, also called peer-to-peer mentoring; and shared learning, or learning collaboratives. The fact sheet builds upon two previous decisionmaker briefs about building QI capacity and describes examples from the AHRQ Infrastructure for Maintaining Primary Care Transformation (IMPaCT) initiative, which awarded four cooperative grants to support state-level QI efforts.
Learn more about how to improve primary care. Visit AHRQ’s Prevention & Chronic Care Program at: http://www.ahrq.gov/