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Agency for Healthcare Research Quality

AHRQ Publications Catalog

Spring/Summer 2008

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is a component of the Department of Health and Human Services. AHRQ's mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Its goals are to promote effective, appropriate, high-quality health care; increase access to care; and improve the way health services are organized, delivered, and financed.

The Agency was established by Congress in December 1989 as the successor to the National Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology Assessment. On December 6, 1999, under Public Law 106-129, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) was reauthorized and renamed the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The law authorizes AHRQ to continue its research on the cost, quality, and outcomes of health care, and expands its role to improve patient safety and address medical errors. AHRQ funds research on key health care delivery and medical effectiveness issues through grants and contracts. Its in-house researchers and health care professionals conduct analyses on a range of policy issues and evaluate the risks and effects of specific health care technologies.

The publications in this catalog describe AHRQ programs and present research findings. Please be sure to check related subject areas in this catalog, as some special topics of interest may be found elsewhere in the catalog.

This catalog includes only items published by AHRQ or reprinted by AHRQ from other sources. A large number of publications that result from AHRQ-funded projects cannot be included here. Information on these materials is included periodically in AHRQ's monthly bulletin Research Activities. Select for more information about this bulletin.

AHRQ operates a national publications clearinghouse to meet the ever-increasing demand for its publications. Requests for AHRQ publications and general information about the Agency and its programs can be made 24 hours a day by calling the clearinghouse's toll-free number 800-358-9295 or by writing to AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD 20907-8547. Callers outside of the United States may dial 703-437-2078. TDD service is available for hearing-impaired people; call 888-586-6340. Or you may use the online order form. Be sure to indicate the title and publication number (found at end of listing) for each publication you order. You may wish to contact the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse via E-mail at Charges may apply for bulk quantities and for delivery to addresses outside of the United States.

Questions from the media about AHRQ activities may be directed to the Public Affairs Office of AHRQ's Office of Communications and Knowledge Transfer at 301-427-1880.

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Healthcare 411 offers weekly radiocasts and biweekly audio podcasts that include interviews with experts who will provide you with evidence-based information on critical health care topics, including:

  • Patient Safety and Quality.
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  • Children's Health.
  • Prevention and Healthy Living.

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We invite you to join our mailing list of people and organizations interested in the quality, appropriateness, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of health care in the United States. Each subscriber receives Research Activities, published monthly by AHRQ. Research Activities describes recent findings from research supported by AHRQ and announces grant opportunities, new publications, AHRQ-sponsored conferences, and other information of interest.

Research Activities is free. To subscribe, fill out the order form, or call AHRQ's Clearinghouse at 800-358-9295; for callers outside of the United States only, the number is 703-437-2078.

To obtain information about AHRQ funding opportunities, visit the AHRQ Web site at

AHRQ's Free Notification Service Brings News and Information to Your E-mail Inbox

A free, user-friendly service on our Web site allows you to:

  • Subscribe to AHRQ's Electronic Newsletter.
  • Subscribe to AHRQ's Patient Safety Newsletter.
  • Receive automatic E-mail updates about topics of interest to you, such as research, data, publications, events and announcements, and many other topics.

It's easy to subscribe to AHRQ's newsletters and E-mail updates:

Select this link: Subscribe now to the AHRQ Electronic Newsletter.

  1. Follow the directions given there.
  2. On the "Quick Subscribe" page, select the newsletter(s) and/or topics of interest to you.
  3. You only need to sign up once. If your interests or E-mail address change, you can access and update your account information at any time.

Questions? Please send an E-mail to:—Electronic Newsletter—Patient Safety Newsletter

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AHRQ Publications Catalog
Spring/Summer 2008

Table of Contents

List of Publications
Agency Information
Children's Health
Clinical Practice Guidelines
Clinical Preventive Services
Consumer Information and Education
Data Development and Use
Dental Health
Effective Health Care
Elderly/Long-Term Care
Evidence-Based Medicine
Health Care Costs and Utilization
Health Care Markets/Managed Care
Health Information Technology
Health Insurance/Access to Care
Health Services Research
Minority Health
Outcomes and Effectiveness Research
Patient Safety/Medical Errors
Primary Care
Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Quality of Care
Women's Health

AHRQ Publications Order Form

Subject Index
Title Index

Internet Citation:

AHRQ Publications Catalog, Spring/Summer 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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