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Video: AHRQ And Ad Council Encourage Consumers to Ask Questions and Get More Involved in Their Health Care

NEW YORK, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A new series of national public service advertisements designed to encourage consumers to get involved in their health care by knowing and asking appropriate questions when visiting their doctors or other clinicians was launched today by the U.S. Department o...

New AHRQ Study Finds Surgical Errors Cost Nearly $1.5 Billion Annually

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Potentially preventable medical errors that occur during or after surgery may cost employers nearly $1.5 billion a year, according to new estimates by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In a study published in the July 28 issue...

New AHRQ Tools Help Pharmacies Better Serve Patients With Limited Health Literacy

ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality today announced two new tools to help pharmacies provide better quality services to people with limited health literacy. The tools are titled, Is Our ...

$4 million AHRQ grant supports research to improve hospital care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded $4 million over the next four years to a University of Chicago-based research team to establish a Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERT) that will focus on the emerging field of hospital medicine and economics. ...

Greenway Medical Technologies' EHR Solution, PrimeSuite, Enables Eligible Professionals to Participate in PQRI Through Integration With Outcome Sciences, a 2009 CMS Qualified PQRI Registry

...ctices and physicians with access to clinical research and quality reporting through an industry standards-based approach. Outcome is also an ahrq DEcIDE Research Center, a component of the "Effective Health Care" initiative sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Outcome was...

New Spanish-Language Consumer Guides Compare Treatments for Depression, Prostate Cancer and Other Conditions

...for Healthcare Research and Quality. ahrq also released consumer guides in Spanish that comp...parities faced by Hispanics in this country," said ahrq Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "It is critical t... order free printed copies of the guides, call the ahrq Publications Clearinghouse at 1-800-358-9295 or se...

New Data Say Uninsured Account for Nearly One-Fifth of Emergency Room Visits

...r capacity for research and decision making," said ahrq Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "The new database...ectiveness of emergency medical care." ahrq also released its latest Nationwide Inpatient Samp... HCUP databases can be accessed by using the ahrq on-line query tool, HCUPnet http://hcupnet.ahrq.g...

American Optometric Association Supports New Federal Health Report Findings: Vision Screening Methods for Seniors are Lacking

...ng Americans should carefully consider. "The ahrq findings support the importance of regular compreh...ences and policy at the AOA. In addition, the ahrq report found that screening for age-related eye di...disease in America expected to double by 2030, the ahrq findings offer a clear and distinct reason for all...

AHRQ Launches Monthly Health Advice Column and Enhanced Web Site In Spanish

... care issues. The inaugural advice column, by ahrq physician Ileana Ponce-Gonzalez, M.D., focuses on ...especially those with limited English proficiency. ahrq data show that Hispanics are 38 percent less likel...culturally competent information in Spanish," said ahrq Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. " Consejos de Sal...

TeamHealth Recognized by National Quality Agency

...re, but they often are inhibited by fears of liability and sanctions," said ahrq Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "PSOs facilitate a shared-learning approac...iew an updated directory of all listed PSOs, including the THPSO, visit the ahrq PSO website at www.pso.ahrq.gov . About TeamHealth Founded in...
AHRQ in Medical Technology

New AHRQ Study Finds Mixed Evidence on Use of Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation for Treating Atrial Fibrillation

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A procedure that sends targeted energy into the heart through a catheter can be used to treat a common type of irregular heartbeat, but little is known about the treatment's long-term benefits and the best methods and circumstances for applying it,...

Value of Genetic Testing for Preventing Blood Clots Unproven, According to New AHRQ Study

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to a new report by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there is insufficient evidence to conclude that genetic testing for two gene mutations in adults with a history of blood clots helps to prevent a condition known as deep...

Complications and Costs for Obesity Surgery Declining

...dure need unbiased, science-based evidence of its benefits and risks," said ahrq Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "All surgeries involve risks, but as newer... hospitals gain experience, as this study shows, risks can decrease." ahrq researchers led by Senior Economist William E. Encinosa, Ph.D., compared co...

AHRQ-Funded Study Finds Lower Risk of Death and Heart Attack in Patients With Drug-Coated Stent Implants Compared to Those With Bare Metal Stents

... in Orlando, Florida. A team of researchers from Duke University , ahrq and Kaiser Permanente found that, compared with patients who received bare ...e for decision making by heart disease patients and their physicians," said ahrq Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "These results should help resolve many li...

Task Force Recommends Using Aspirin to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease When the Benefits Outweigh the Harms

..., the recommendations and materials for clinicians will be available on the ahrq Web site at http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uspstf/uspsasmi.htm Previous Task..., summaries of the evidence and related materials are also available on the ahrq Web site. Clinical information is also available from AHRQ's National Guid...

10-State Project to Study Methods to Reduce Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Hospital ICUs

...at we learned in one of our initial patient safety research projects," said ahrq Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "This new project will help hospitals in t...y serve with the safest, highest quality care possible." Last October, ahrq awarded a 3-year, $3 million contract to the Health Research & Educatio...

Behavioral Modification Programs Help Obese Children Manage Their Weight

...already are obese get to a healthier weight," said ahrq Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "AHRQ's new evide...eport may be ordered free of charge by calling the ahrq Publications Clearinghouse at 1-800-358-9295 or se...c.gov/dnpabmi/Calculator.aspx . Note to editors: ahrq also has a free DVD for families and children age ...

New Computer-Based Tools Will Help Make Best Use of Genetic Breast Cancer Tests

...pport in identifying which patients will benefit from specific tests," said ahrq Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "This work is part of a broader effort to ...for genetic counseling and evaluation to measure the need for BRCA testing. ahrq has also published an Evidence-based Practice Center report on the impact o...

Modified Insulin Most Effective For Controlling Post-Meal Blood Sugar Levels

...sed Practice Center in Baltimore, one of 14 such centers that are funded by ahrq through its Effective Health Care program. The report represents a systemat...h diabetes, what is good for one patient may not be good for another," said ahrq Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "This report offers an important reminder ...

Task Force Says Men Age 75 and Older Should Not Be Screened For Prostate Cancer

...www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uspstf/uspsprca.htm . Previous Task Force recommendations, summaries of the evidence, and related materials are available from the ahrq Publications Clearinghouse by calling (800) 358-9295 or sending an e-mail to ahrqpubs@ahrq.hhs.gov . Clinical information is also available from AHRQ...
AHRQ in Biological News

Musculoskeletal center wins $2.2 million for drug safety

...rofessionals, drug manufacturers, the FDA and the Agency for Healthcare and Quality (AHRQ), an agency within the Department Health and Human Services. ahrq awarded the $2.2 million to UAB. The UAB CERTs is one of only 14 such centers in the nation, and the only center devoted to the study of bone and j...
AHRQ in Biological Technology

Stonegate Report About Unigene Laboratories Inc.

...ducts, such as Fortical(R), could dramatically increase. New study by the ahrq shifts the risk/reward argument in the favor of lower risk - In December 20... are not more effective than alternative osteoporosis treatments. With this ahrq study revealing that potencies of the various treatments are indistinguisha...
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