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November/December 2014 St@teside

New AHRQ Guide Helps States Develop a Collaborative to Improve Health Outcomes

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released a new resource to help policymakers collaborate with stakeholders to improve health outcomes in their state. The Quality Improvement Collaborative Resource Guide was developedfrom the experience of a multi-state consortium including California, Maine, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington, which sought to accelerate the process of research and knowledge uptake, and the adoption of evidence-based, clinical and delivery system practices to improve health outcomes. The guide outlines eight steps to implement and manage a state level quality improvement collaborative. While the consortium followed those steps to improve mental health outcomes, the guide can be used to drive change for any clinical issue.

This guide was developed by AcademyHealth, Rutgers University and Columbia University as a product of the Rutgers University Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research’s (IHHCPAR) AHRQ-sponsored Medicaid Network for Evidence-based Treatment (MEDNET) project.

The guide can be viewed here.