Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is one of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and is charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

AHRQ works to develop successful partnerships that can generate the knowledge and tools required for long-term improvement. Progress toward the agency’s central goal of measurable care improvement is evaluated in terms of improved quality of life and patient outcomes, lives saved, and value gained for health care dollars spent.

The AHRQ’s key areas of focus include:

  • Safety and Quality: Reduce the risk of harm by promoting delivery of the best possible care.
  • Effectiveness: Improve health care outcomes by encouraging the use of evidence to make informed health care decisions.
  • Efficiency: Transform research into practice to facilitate wider access to effective health care service and reduce unnecessary costs.

The AAFP recognizes the importance of AHRQ’s research into the science of primary care and patient-centered outcomes. We enthusiastically supports these efforts believe the agency must continue to have adequate resources to pursue its goals.

In 2012, AAFP joined more than 130 other health care organizations in voicing strong opposition to Congressional proposals to terminate funding for the AHRQ. Together with other organizations, the AAFP supports the agency, believing that the AHRQ serves a vital function in the development of quality patient care and health care system improvement.

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