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- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
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Tools/Toolkit > Government Resource
Brega AG, Barnard J, Mabachi NM, et al. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2015. AHRQ Publication No. 15-0023-EF.
This updated AHRQ toolkit provides resources for primary care practices to ensure proper health literacy assessment and to promote greater understanding for all patients. The second edition includes methods to assess written patient education materials for ease of use, simplify the referrals process, and identify barriers to improving health literacy awareness.
Journal Article > Review
Weaver SJ, Lubomski LH, Wilson RF, Pfoh ER, Martinez KA, Dy SM. Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(5 Pt 2):369-374.
This systematic review—part of the AHRQ Making Health Care Safer II report—found some evidence that interventions, such as teamwork training, executive walk rounds, and structured communications approaches, can improve safety culture, especially when bundled together as a multicomponent intervention.
Journal Article > Study
Nurse–physician communication in the long-term care setting: perceived barriers and impact on patient safety.
Tjia J, Mazor KM, Field T, Meterko V, Spenard A, Gurwitz JH. J Patient Saf. 2009;5:145-152.
Prior studies have documented suboptimal safety culture in long-term care facilities. This AHRQ-funded study used surveys and interviews to examine one specific aspect of safety culture—communication between nurses and physicians. Nurses noted several problems with communication, including lack of receptiveness by physicians and difficulty reaching physicians. Many nurses noted instances of unprofessional or disruptive behavior by physicians. Nurses acknowledged the need to use structured communication protocols as a means of improving communication. Patient harm can result from a physician's failure to acknowledge a nurse's concerns about patients, as illustrated in this AHRQ WebM&M commentary.