AHRQ Deputy Director Sharon B. Arnold, Ph.D., asks how radical change can become a certainty, and encourages the reading of articles published today in Health Affairs. The journal’s theme issue about diffusion of innovation, which includes articles sponsored by AHRQ, examines factors that can speed up the adoption of new evidence and innovative health care solutions to improve delivery of care. Dr. Arnold also highlights AHRQ’s EvidenceNOW program, the agency’s Learning Collaboratives, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Dissemination and Implementation Initiative.
Stephanie Chang, M.D., M.P.H., director of AHRQ’s Evidence-based Practice Center Program, highlights the agency’s ongoing efforts to support evidence-based treatment approaches for children with mental illnesses. Four evidence reviews authored by AHRQ-funded scientific teams assess the evidence on topics such as the use of antipsychotic drugs in the treatment of children and treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.