From AHRQ: A Resource for Nurses

There are many familiar names on the list of contributors for this book — Leslie

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Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses. AHRQ Publication No. 08-0043. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses

Nurses play a vital role in improving the safety and quality of patient care – not only in the hospital or ambulatory treatment facility, but also of community-based care and the care performed by family members. Nurses need know what proven techniques and interventions they can use to enhance patient outcomes.

To address this need, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), with additional funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has prepared this comprehensive, 1,400-page, handbook for nurses on patient safety and quality – Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses. (AHRQ Publication No. 08-0043). Experts in the field reviewed the literature, and their contributions are grouped into these sections: Patient Safety and Quality / Evidence-based Practice / Patient-centered Care / Working Conditions – Work Environment / Critical Opportunities for Patient Safety and Quality / Tools *

Throughout these pages, you will find peer-reviewed discussions and reviews of a wide range of issues and literature regarding patient safety and quality health care. Owing to the complex nature of health care, this book provides some insight into the multiple factors that determine the quality and safety of health care as well as patient, nurse, and systems outcomes. Each of these 51 chapters and 3 leadership vignettes presents an examination of the state of the science behind quality and safety concepts and challenges the reader to not only use evidence to change practices but also to actively engage in developing the evidence base to address critical knowledge gaps. Patient safety and quality care are at the core of health care systems and processes and are inherently dependent upon nurses. To achieve goals in patient safety and quality, and thereby improve health care throughout this nation, nurses must assume the leadership role.

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Ordering Information Print Version: The 1,400-page handbook is available as a set of three printed volumes from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse (AHRQ Publication No. 08-0043), on a single-copy basis.

Phone: 800-358-9295
CD-ROM version: You may also obtain copies of the 1,400-page handbook on a searchable CD-ROM (AHRQ Publication No. 08-0043-CD) from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 540 Gaither Road Rockville, M.D. 20850 Telephone: (301) 427-1364

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