Quality Improvement in Primary Care: External Supports for Practices

Quality Improvement in Primary Care: External Supports for Practices

Published: Jun 26, 2014
Publisher: Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Associated Project

Improving Patient Centered Medical Home Research, Evaluation, and Implementation

Time frame: 2013-2015

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Authors

Erin Fries Taylor

Deborah Peikes

Robert McNellis

Janice Genevro

David Meyers

A new brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality describes the importance of quality improvement in primary care and outlines external supports—which can be used alone or in combination—to assist primary care practices in improving quality. The brief offers information on the four supports—data feedback and benchmarking, practice facilitation (or coaching), expert consultation (also called peer-to-peer mentoring), and shared learning or learning collaboratives—as well as links to resources. 

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