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Sep 30, 2014, 14:00 ET

PCORI, AHRQ Announce Research Team Selected to Compare Treatments for Uterine Fibroids

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) today announced that AHRQ has...

Sep 17, 2014, 17:33 ET

Ultrasound as effective as CT in diagnosing kidney stones without added radiation risk: AHRQ-funded study

Broader use of ultrasound in diagnosing kidney stones may be effective and result in less exposure to potentially harmful radiation, according to a...

Jul 02, 2014, 17:28 ET

Little benefit from corticosteroid injections for common cause of spine-related pain, AHRQ-funded study says

 The addition of a corticosteroid to epidural injections of an anesthetic does not enhance pain reduction in patients with lumbar spinal...

Jul 01, 2014, 12:12 ET

AHRQ report provides important reassurances about the safety of commonly used vaccines

Serious adverse events resulting from vaccines routinely used in the United States are rare, according to a report funded by the Agency for...

Jun 16, 2014, 16:58 ET

Study shows that targeted patient outreach can improve colon cancer screening rates

An intensive outreach program targeting vulnerable patients dramatically improved screening rates for colorectal cancer, according to a new study...

Jun 10, 2014, 20:29 ET

Insulin use as a secondary treatment for type 2 diabetes linked to heart disease, death

Patients with type 2 diabetes who take a combination of metformin plus insulin may be at higher risk for cardiovascular disease and death compared...

May 15, 2014, 17:05 ET

AHRQ national reports indicate that hospital care is improving

Hospitals are leading the movement to improve the quality of care delivered to U.S. patients, outpacing improvements in other settings, according...

Apr 16, 2014, 18:30 ET

Outpatient Diagnostic Errors Affect 1 in 20 U.S. Adults, AHRQ Study Finds

 Diagnostic errors—missed opportunities to make a timely or correct diagnosis based on available evidence—occur in about 5 percent...

Mar 26, 2014, 16:57 ET

TeamSTEPPS 2.0 updates, streamlines well-known patient safety training curriculum

 The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released an updated version of its successful TeamSTEPPS® curriculum, an...

Feb 18, 2014, 17:31 ET

AHRQ study shows low rates of serious infections following ambulatory surgery

Although the rates of serious surgical site infections (SSIs) following outpatient surgery are low, the number of patients who develop these...

Jan 22, 2014, 17:00 ET

AHRQ study finds a decline in adverse events for heart attack, heart failure patients

Adverse events for patients being treated for heart attack and heart failure have declined, according to a new study published in the January 23...

Nov 21, 2013, 12:08 ET

New evidence-based guide helps implement health assessments in primary care settings

An evidence-based guide designed to help primary care doctors, nurses and other staff successfully select, adopt and implement health assessments...

Sep 16, 2013, 15:29 ET

New AHRQ toolkit helps make care safer for patients in medical offices

 Focus on preventing problems with managing lab tests and results A toolkit to help doctors, nurses and medical office staff improve...

Jul 08, 2013, 15:31 ET

AHRQ Releases New Guide to Help Hospitals Engage Patients and Families in Their Health Care

A new resource available online today from HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) gives hospitals four evidence-based strategies to...

May 29, 2013, 17:26 ET

MRSA study slashes deadly infections in sickest hospital patients

Using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and...

Mar 04, 2013, 19:09 ET

New AHRQ evidence report details top patient safety strategies

In a major effort to help health care systems protect the safety of patients in the United States, HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality...

Feb 06, 2013, 11:43 ET

New children's electronic health record format announced

The benefits of electronic health records (EHRs) may become more widely available to children through an EHR format for children's health care...

Jan 24, 2013, 14:25 ET

Intensive Care Units For Newborns In Nine States See Sharp Drop In Bloodstream Infections

Central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in newborns were reduced by 58 percent in less than a year in hospital neonatal intensive...

Jan 16, 2013, 17:37 ET

Standard written checklists can improve patient safety during surgical crises

 When doctors, nurses and other hospital operating room staff follow a written safety checklist to respond when a patient experiences cardiac...

Sep 10, 2012, 14:55 ET

AHRQ Patient Safety Project Reduces Bloodstream Infections By 40 Percent

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE Monday, September 10, 2012, 3:00 p.m., ET A unique nationwide patient safety project funded by the Agency for...