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How To Use This Web Site

Following are brief explanations of the navigational tools available and listings of the major categories and subcategory offerings (with highlighted products on the AHRQ Web site).

Navigational Tools

Search: Use keywords for topical index search of site
Browse: Select from subject list for selected documents on site
What's New: Recent uploads to Web site
Frequently Asked Questions: Access to AHRQ's most requested information
Información en español: Consumer documents available in Spanish


News & Information

Newsroom (Press Releases/Audio & Video/Fact Sheets/Testimony, Speeches, Interviews/Press Office Contacts)
Healthcare 411 Podcasts
Publications & Products (Publications Catalog /Publications Online Store)
FOIA Reading Room (Freedom of Information Act)
Electronic Policies (Copyright/Linking/Privacy)
Other HHS Agencies

Special Interest

State and Local Policymakers
Nursing Research
Grants On-line Database
PDA Applications
How AHRQ Helps People

Clinical Information

Evidence-based Practice (Evidence-based Practice Centers/Evidence Reports/Technical Reviews)
Outcomes & Effectiveness (Fact Sheet/The Outcome of Outcomes Research/CERTs)
Technology Assessment
Preventive Services (Put Prevention Into Practice/U.S. Preventive Services Task Force)
Clinical Practice Guidelines (National Guideline Clearinghouse™/Guidelines Online)

Consumers & Patients

Health Conditions/Diseases (Next Steps After Your Diagnosis/ Common Uterine Conditions: Options for Treatment/Pneumonia: More Patients May Be Treated at Home/Understanding Your Body)
Health Plans Questions and Answers About Health Insurance)
Prescriptions (Your Medicine: Play It Safe)
Prevention & Wellness (Pocket Guide to Good Health for Children/Pocket Guide to Good Health for Adults/What You Should Know about Stroke Prevention)
Quality of Care (Five Steps to Safer Health Care/20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors/Your Guide to Choosing Quality Health Care)
Quit Smoking (Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence)
Surgery (Having Surgery? What You Need to Know)

Funding Opportunities

AHRQ Research Funding Priorities
Mission Statement — Welcome from the Agency Director — AHRQ Portfolio Missions — Staff Contacts
Funding Announcements
Requests for Applications — Program Announcements — Archive
Research Policies
AHRQ Grants Policies — PHS Grants Policy Statement — Federal Regulations and Authorities — Federal Register Notices — Policy Notices Archive
Grants Process
Application Forms — Application Receipt Dates — Grant Mechanisms and Descriptions — Receipt and Referral Process — Peer Review Process — Award Process — Post Award Management — Terms and Conditions — Grant Payment — Reporting Requirements — Non-Competing Continuation Applications — Final Reports
Grant Application Basics
Overview of the Application Process — Timeframe for Application Preparation — Grant Application Tips — Essentials of the Research Plan — Common Problems Identified During Peer Review — Protection of Human Subjects
Training and Education
Intramural Opportunities — Research Education Grant Programs — Questions and Answers — Tools and Resources — Trend Data — Workshops and Conferences
Small Business Innovation Research Program — Requests for Proposals

Data & Surveys

Safety Net Monitoring Initiative
Vulnerable populations — access to care
MEPS—Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS Web Site)
HCUP—Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (Overview/HCUPnet/Nationwide Inpatient Sample—NIS/State Inpatient Databases—SID/State Ambulatory Surgery Databases—SASD/Kids' Inpatient Database—KID
HIV & AIDS Costs & Use (HCSUS Fact Sheet)
Grants On-Line Database
Grants funded by AHRQ — abstracts of intramural research and data projects — working papers from AHRQ staff

Research Findings

Research Activities: Online Newsletter
Fact Sheets / Syntheses
Primary Care
Managed Care
Mental Health
Long-term Care

Healthcare Costs

Specific Populations

Child (Funded Projects/State Children's Health Insurance Program/Supporting Research/Child Health Advisory Group/Child Health Toolbox)
Women (Women's Health Highlights/Cancer Screening and Treatment in Women/Health Care for Minority Women)
Minorities (Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care/Improving Health Care for Ethnic and Racial Minority Populations/Excellence Centers To Eliminate Ethnic/Racial Disparities: EXCEED)
Rural Health
Low Income
Inner City
Chronic Care
End of Life

Quality & Patient Safety

Health Information Technology
Electronic health records — innovation — privacy — international standards — data sources — clinical vocabulary
National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™
CAHPS®: Consumer Assessment of Health Plans
Measuring Healthcare Quality (Q-SPAN: Expanding and Improving Quality of Care Measures)
Medical Errors & Patient Safety (Fact Sheet/20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors: Patient Fact Sheet/Medical Errors: The Scope of the Problem)
AHRQ Patient Safety Network
Web M&M
Quality Indicators (Quality Indicators: Download/Prevention Quality Indicators: Download)
Quality Information & Improvement (Americans as Health Care Consumers: The Role of Quality Information/Case Studies from the Quality Improvement Support System/Theory and Reality of Value-Based Purchasing)

Public Health Preparedness

About AHRQ

Mission & Budget (Budget Justification for Fiscal Year 2009/ AHRQ Profile/Reauthorization Fact Sheet)
Strategic Plan
Organization & Contacts (Key Contacts/National Advisory Council Overview/Offices & Centers)
Map and Directions to AHRQ
Events & Announcements
AHRQ Job Vacancies


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