Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


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Agency for Health Care Policy and Research

 (AHCPR)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

a governmental agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to support research "to improve the outcomes and quality of health care, reduce its costs, address patient safety and medical errors, and broaden access to effective service." The agency systematically develops statements and recommendations to help individuals, institutions, and agencies make better decisions about health care based on research that provides evidence-based information. It publishes scientific information for other agencies and organizations on which to base clinical guidelines, performance measures, and other quality-improvement tools through its evidence-based practice centers, outcomes research findings for clinicians, and technology reviews. It provides access to scientific evidence, recommendations on clinical preventive services, and information on how to implement recommended preventive services in clinical practice. The agency was formerly called the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The lead US federal agency (of the Department of Health and Human Services) which is charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for Americans. AHRQ's research is intended to help people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services.

A·gen·cy for Health·care Re·search and Qual·i·ty

(AHRQ) (ā'jĕn-sē helth'kār rĕ-sĕrch' kwahl'i-tē)
A group that supports research designed to improve outcomes and quality of health care, reduce costs, address patient safety and medical errors, and broaden access to effective services; translates research findings into improved patient care; formerly called the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,

n.pr formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, this agency researches the quality of medical care and health services.
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