AHRQ seeks patient safety best practices

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in Rockville, MD, announced that the agency is seeking investigators to test the effectiveness of the transfer and application of "best practices" to improve patient safety by reducing preventable medical errors.

AHRQ will award up to $2 million in fiscal year 2000 to support four to six projects under this request for applications (RFA) titled "Systems-related Best Practices to Improve Patient Safety." Applications are due by April 27, 2000. Projects funded under the RFA should use rigorous research methods to test the transfer and application of best practices that reduce medical errors, and determine tangible and measurable improvements in patient safety across a variety of settings that result from their use.

To obtain a copy of the RFA, see "Systems-Related Best Practices to Improve Patient Safety" on AHRQ’s Web site: www.ahrq.gov/fund.