New AHRQ resources help primary care practices engage in quality improvement activities
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released two new resources to help primary care practices engage in Quality Improvement (QI) activities in a continuous and effective way. Engaging Primary Care Practices in Quality Improvement: Strategies for Practice Facilitators provides a framework on how to engage primary care practices in QI and a number of practical strategies to help practice facilitators address important challenges. These include setting the stage for working with practices that are not yet ready to engage, building trusted relationships, and effectively communicating information for improvement. The white paper, associated brief, and related resources, including a related tip sheet for primary care practices, are available online from AHRQ’s PCMH Resource Center.
Using Health Information Technology to Support Quality Improvement in Primary Care shares lessons learned from experts in fields such as health IT, clinical practice, primary care transformation, and human factors engineering, as well as from representatives of three primary care organizations who have made exemplary use of health IT for QI. This white paper and additional information for primary care practices can also be accessed online at the PCMH Resource Center.
For general information and resources related to primary care transformation and improvement, please visit AHRQ’sImproving Primary Care Practice pages.