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Tools/Toolkit > Multi-use Website
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; June 2013.
Studies have shown that a surprisingly large proportion of hospitalized patients are not aware of their diagnoses or treatment plan and that their preferences are often not taken into account in advanced care planning. This failure to provide patient-centered care indicates a need for increased patient engagement in safety and quality efforts. This toolkit published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is designed to help hospitals develop partnerships with patients around improving safety. Developed with input from clinicians and patients, the guide emphasizes four strategies—working with patients as advisors, improving bedside communication, integrating patients and families into shift changes, and using patient input to improve the discharge process. An AHRQ WebM&M perspective by Dr. Saul Weingart discusses the practical challenges of engaging patients in improvement efforts.
Tools/Toolkit > Government Resource
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 2000. AHRQ Publication No. 01-0004.
This guide offers information and resources to allow consumers to understand quality health care. The site is organized to read page by page or to immediately browse to specific sections. Content areas include health care quality, quality measurement and tools, health care decision making, clinical trials, and a directory of resources.