February 7, 2010

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

540 Gaither Road, Suite 2000

Rockville, MD  20850

(301) 427-1364

www.ahcpr.gov

This agency is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The following is taken directly from their strategic plan on their Web site:

“. . .  the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) supports health services research initiatives that seek to improve the quality of health care in America. AHRQ’s mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

AHRQ works to fulfill its mission by conducting and supporting health services research, both within AHRQ as well as in leading academic institutions, hospitals, physicians’ offices, health care systems, and many other settings across the country. The Agency has a broad research portfolio that touches on nearly every aspect of health care.”

Due to its efforts to sponsor research on the effectiveness of health care, many “best practices” documents have been developed.  This is a good Web site for medical personnel, particularly your medical director, to access.

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