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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

As one of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports health services research that will improve the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decision-making. Their mission, scope, and strategies are broad, and much of their rich resources are applicable to risk reduction, patient safety, and family-centered perinatal care.

One example is PSNet (Patient Safety Network), a website of continuously updated, annotated, and carefully selected collection of patient safety news, literature, tools, and resources. Their website contains excellent resources.

For more information on the Obstetric Safety Initiative, or to offer suggestions for this site, contact us.