The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), with its ambitious mission to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans, is driven to find creative ways to share its unbiased Effective Health Care Program resources with health care professionals and patients.
Recently AHRQ launched a visually pleasing and easy-to-navigate new webpage with evidence-based resources for physicians and patients. We encourage you to bookmark this useful site.
AHRQ has delivered its unbiased treatment information in plain language, clear graphics and artfully animated videos for patients. As AHRQ explains, “This new Unbiased Treatment Information webpage is part of AHRQ’s growing efforts to connect health care professionals with resources that will maximize the value of their time while supporting their ongoing efforts to find the best possible treatment for individual patients.”
The webpage’s most popular research summaries for health care providers are Core-Needle Biopsy for Breast Abnormalities; Premixed Insulin Analogues: A Comparison With Other Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes; Gestational Diabetes: Caring for Women During and After Pregnancy; Elective Induction of Labor: Safety and Harms; Treating Cholesterol With Combination Therapy; ACEIs, ARBs, or DRI for Adults With Hypertension; and Second-Generation Antidepressants for Treating Adult Depression: An Update.
The new webpage also offers patient resources. The “For Your Patients” button provides access to plain-language research summaries for patients as well as three animated videos on diagnosis, treatment choices, and caring for a sick loved one. These artfully animated videos deliver both information and a “you have options” confidence.
In addition to patient-focused research summaries and videos, AHRQ reaches out to patients through text message. AHRQ’s Treatment Options text-messaging program connects adults with unbiased information about common health conditions.
In an effort to understand how best to share unbiased health care information with health care professionals, AHRQ has awarded the NPA a three-year grant to explore social media best practices for disseminating conflict-free continuing medical education (CME) resources to physicians.