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Released: 7-Feb-2013 6:00 PM EST
Children’s Electronic Health Record Format Announced
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Many existing EHR systems are not tailored to capture or process health information about children. The new format allows for child-specific data elements.

Released: 24-Jan-2013 5:00 PM EST
ICUs for Newborns in Nine States See Sharp Drop in Bloodstream Infections
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Central line associated bloodstream infections in newborns were reduced by 58 percent in less than a year in hospital neonatal intensive care units participating in an AHRQ patient safety program.

Released: 18-Jan-2013 2:00 PM EST
Standard Written Checklists Can Improve Patient Safety During Surgical Crises
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

When hospital operating room staff follow a written safety checklist to respond to a medical crisis during surgery, they are nearly 75 percent less likely to miss a critical clinical step.

Released: 10-Sep-2012 3:40 PM EDT
AHRQ Patient Safety Project Reduces Bloodstream Infections by 40 Percent
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

A unique nationwide patient safety project reduced by 40 percent the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units. The project used the CUSP toolkit.

Released: 26-Apr-2012 1:45 PM EDT
Videonovela Can Help Diabetes Patients Manage Their Treatment
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

A new Spanish-language videonovela, Aprende a vivir, features messages to help diabetes patients compare their treatment options to find a regimen that works best for them. It's entertaining and can be used as an education tool.

Released: 20-Apr-2012 12:00 PM EDT
Report Highlights Continued Health Care Disparities For Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The latest National Healthcare Disparities Report shows that access to health care was not improving for most racial and ethnic groups in the years 2002 through 2008 leading up to enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

Released: 10-Apr-2012 8:00 AM EDT
Pelvic Muscle Training Effective in Treating Urinary Incontinence for Women
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

A new comparative effectiveness report confirms that pelvic floor muscle training is effective for treating adult women with urinary incontinence without risk of side effects.

Released: 5-Mar-2012 5:00 PM EST
Good Cost and Quality Information Translates to Good Choice of Health Provider
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

A new study shows that when consumers are shown the right mix of cost and quality information, they are better able to choose high-value health care providers.

Released: 29-Nov-2011 1:50 PM EST
E-prescribing Is Safe and Efficient, But Barriers Remain
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Physician practices and pharmacies generally view electronic prescribing as an important tool, but both groups face barriers to realizing the technology’s full benefit.

Released: 11-Nov-2011 8:00 AM EST
"Toma las Riendas" Campaign Encourages Hispanics to Become More Active Partners in Their Health Care
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The “Toma las riendas” (“Take the reins”) campaign is a nationwide effort to encourage Hispanics to take control of their health and explore treatment options.

Released: 4-Nov-2011 2:50 PM EDT
AHRQ Awards $34 Million to Fight Against Healthcare-Associated Infections
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

AHRQ announced recently that it has awarded $34 million in fiscal year 2011 for grants and contracts to expand the fight against healthcare-associated infections.

Released: 3-Nov-2011 7:35 PM EDT
Knee Replacements Up Dramatically for Adults 45 to 64 Years Old
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Women and men ages 45 to 64 were 2.5 times more likely to be hospitalized for knee replacement surgery in 2009 than in 1997.

Released: 31-Oct-2011 7:05 AM EDT
Heart Disease, Cancer and Trauma the Most Costly Conditions for Men
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The cost of treating men for heart disease topped $47 billion in 2008, leading a list of the 10 most expensive conditions for men age 18 and older.

Released: 31-Oct-2011 7:00 AM EDT
AHRQ Awards $4.5 Million to Create Clinical Preventive Services Research Centers
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

AHRQ awarded grants totaling $4.5 million to support research that will focus on improving clinical preventive services such as screening, counseling and use of preventive medications for patients.

Released: 25-Oct-2011 12:00 PM EDT
Training Parents Effective for Treating Young Children with ADHD
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Formal training in parenting strategies is a low-risk, effective method for improving behavior of preschool-age children at risk for developing ADHD.

Released: 20-Oct-2011 12:05 PM EDT
Chronic Pain Care for Women Cost Nearly $13 Billion in 2008
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

An estimated 12.1 million women age 18 and older reported suffering from chronic pain in 2008 as a result of underlying medical conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, fibromyalgia and vulvodynia.

Released: 20-Oct-2011 11:45 AM EDT
Birth Defects May be Linked to High Blood Pressure, Not Use of ACE Inhibitors
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Women who take ACE inhibitors to treat high blood pressure in the first trimester of their pregnancies are at no greater risk of having babies with birth defects than are women who take other or no types of high blood pressure medication.

Released: 17-Oct-2011 8:00 AM EDT
Children's Use of Asthma Controller Drugs Has Doubled
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The proportion of children who used a prescribed controller drug to treat their asthma doubled from 29 percent in 1997–1998 to 58 percent in 2007–2008.

Released: 6-Oct-2011 12:45 PM EDT
Blood Infections Most Costly Hospital Condition
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Septicemia, an illness caused by blood infections with bacteria such as E. coli and MRSA, was the single most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals in 2009.

Released: 3-Oct-2011 7:00 AM EDT
One in Four Americans Treated for High Blood Pressure
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

One in four American adults (55.1 million) was treated in 2008 for hypertension, also known as high blood pressure.

Released: 28-Sep-2011 8:00 AM EDT
“Off-Label” Use of Antipsychotic Drugs for Some Conditions Not Supported by Evidence
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

There is little evidence to support the use of atypical antipsychotic drugs for some treatments other than their officially approved purposes.

Released: 27-Sep-2011 4:15 PM EDT
Some Medications Are Effective in Treating Juvenile Arthritis
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Medications known as disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, or DMARDs, appear to be more effective than other treatments for children with arthritis.

Released: 26-Sep-2011 8:00 AM EDT
New Guides Compare Benefits and Risks of GERD Treatments
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

New plain-language publications compare the benefits and risks of treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.

Released: 20-Sep-2011 1:45 PM EDT
New Campaign Encourages Better Two-Way Communication Between Clinicians and Patients
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

New initiative encourages clinicians and patients to engage in effective two-way communication to ensure safer care and better health outcomes.

Released: 16-Sep-2011 4:00 PM EDT
Hospital Readmissions for COPD Highest Among Black Patients
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

For patients age 40 and over with COPD, hospital readmissions within 30 days of initial treatment were much higher among blacks than Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders or whites.

Released: 9-Sep-2011 2:20 PM EDT
Big Jump Seen in Hospitalizations for Pica Eating Disorder
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Eating disorders as the primary reason for entering the hospital have declined, but from 1999 to 2009, hospitalizations jumped 93 percent for patients with an eating disorder called pica.

Released: 2-Sep-2011 5:00 PM EDT
Air and Paintball Gun Injuries Caused More than 20,000 ER Visits in 2008
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Hospital emergency departments saw over 20,000 injuries due to air and paintball guns in 2008. This is a 20 percent decrease in ER visits for these injuries from 2006.

Released: 25-Aug-2011 2:25 PM EDT
Hospital Deaths from Heart Failure Cut by Half Over Seven Years
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The death rate of hospital patients who were admitted primarily for heart failure fell roughly by half between 2000 and 2007.

Released: 15-Aug-2011 1:10 PM EDT
New Spanish-Language Guides Help Inform Decisions About Heart Disease and Other Illnesses
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Six new Spanish-language consumer guides compare treatment options for common illnesses, to help patients work with their doctors to find the best treatments for them.

Released: 15-Aug-2011 8:00 AM EDT
Hospitalizations for Children with Flu and Skin Infections Increased in the Last Decade
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Flu and skin infections increased dramatically as major causes of hospitalizations for children age 17 and under between 2000 and 2009.

Released: 8-Aug-2011 11:00 AM EDT
Nighttime-Breathing Machine Is Effective Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

New guide that compares treatments for sleep apnea found strong evidence that a "CPAP" machine is highly effective.

Released: 4-Aug-2011 5:00 PM EDT
Death of Adults Due to Pneumonia Dropped Dramatically
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Deaths of Americans age 18 and over hospitalized for pneumonia plummeted by 45 percent between 2000 and 2007 regardless of who paid for their care.

Released: 29-Jul-2011 8:00 AM EDT
Heart Disease Most Costly Condition for Women
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The cost of treating women for heart disease in 2008 was $43.6 billion, leading a list of the top 10 most expensive conditions for women.

Released: 29-Jul-2011 8:00 AM EDT
Drug Expenses for Children with Asthma More than Doubled in 10 Years
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The percentage of American children treated for asthma increased while their annual drug expenses more than doubled over a 10-year period.

Released: 15-Jul-2011 8:00 AM EDT
Health Insurance Premiums Depend on Where You Live
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

New data analyses provide insight into how much employer-based health insurance premiums vary across the country.

Released: 30-Jun-2011 11:45 AM EDT
Black Children More Likely to be Hospitalized for Severe Asthma Attacks
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Black children were four times more likely than white children to be hospitalized for a severe asthma attack in 2007.

Released: 30-Jun-2011 11:40 AM EDT
New Ad Campaign Urges Patients to Consider Medical Treatment Options
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

A new campaign encourages patients to become more informed about their options before choosing a treatment for a health condition or illness.

Released: 23-Jun-2011 11:55 AM EDT
Families Who Pay More than 10 Percent of Income for Medical Expenses
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Roughly 1 of every 6 Americans age 18 to 64 reported using more than 10 percent of their total family income to pay for health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket medical expenses in 2007.

Released: 16-Jun-2011 4:20 PM EDT
Poor Patients Make Six of Every 10 Rural Emergency Departments Visits
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Low-income adults ages 18 to 64 accounted for 56 percent of the 8 million visits made to rural hospital emergency departments in 2008.

Released: 16-Jun-2011 4:00 PM EDT
Employees' Health Insurance Premiums Up Dramatically
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Employees of private-sector companies contributed up to 121 percent more in 2009 for their health insurance coverage than they did in 2001.

Released: 2-Jun-2011 4:00 PM EDT
Hepatitis C Outcomes Improved Using Videoconferencing
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Technology helped ensure that patients treated for Hepatitis C in local communities did as well as patients treated at a university-based medical center.

Released: 2-Jun-2011 3:45 PM EDT
Health Care Quality Gaps and Disparities Persist in Every State
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

States are seeing improvements in health care quality, but disparities for their minority and low- income residents persist, according to the 2010 State Snapshots.

Released: 2-Jun-2011 3:30 PM EDT
1 in 9 Hospital Stays Are Readmissions in 30 Days Or Less
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

In 2008 nearly 12 percent of hospital stays were readmissions within 30 days of a previous stay.

Released: 27-May-2011 8:00 AM EDT
Most American Women Experience Complications During Delivery
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Over 9 out of every 10 women giving birth in the United States had some complication in 2008.

Released: 27-May-2011 8:00 AM EDT
School-Age Children Treated Most Often for Sports-Related Concussions
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

About 39,000 school-age children were treated for sports-related concussions at hospital emergency departments in 2008.

Released: 27-May-2011 8:00 AM EDT
AHRQ, Ad Council Launch Conoce las Preguntas Campaign
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

"Conoce las Preguntas" is a new, Spanish-language campaign that encourages Hispanics to get more involved in their health care and to talk with their doctors about their medical concerns.

Released: 12-May-2011 2:00 PM EDT
More Rural Americans Are Treated in Emergency Departments for Eye Injuries
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Rural Americans were five times more likely than urban residents to be treated in emergency departments for eye injuries in 2008.

Released: 9-May-2011 5:00 PM EDT
ICUs in Michigan Sustain Zero Blood Stream Infections for Up to 2 Years
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

ICUs in both large and small hospitals stopped central line-associated bloodstream infections for up to 2 years after using a targeted quality improvement initiative.

Released: 5-May-2011 2:00 PM EDT
Over 3 Million Go to Hospitals for Headache Relief
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

More than 3 million Americans went to hospital emergency rooms seeking relief from headaches in 2008; 81,000 people were admitted.

Released: 28-Apr-2011 1:35 PM EDT
During Childbirth, Use of Episiotomy and Forceps Down, C-Section Rates Up
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Between 1997 and 2008, use of episiotomy fell by 60 percent while use of Cesarean section increased by 72 percent.


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