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AHRQ Chartbook on Patient Safety Shows Lag in Healthcare Industry’s Effort to Improve Care Quality

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Becker’s Hospital Review reports on a Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) report that shows the healthcare industry’s efforts to improve care quality is lagging, with only 44 percent of quality measures improving over the past two decades.

The AHRQ in early March updated its “Chartbook on Patient Safety,” which provides a comprehensive overview of healthcare quality in the U.S. The report is based on more than 440 measures of quality and disparities across the healthcare industry, and data generally covers 2000 through 2022.

Of 176 quality measures that include at least four data points — which AHRQ requires to conduct a trends analysis — 43.8 percent improved. Another 48.8 percent remained unchanged, and 7.4 percent worsened.

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