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Volume 6 Issue 359 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Dec-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Dec-2004
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AHRQ: Improving the quality of diabetes care; New tools for states

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed Diabetes Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action and its companion workbook, Diabetes Care Quality Improvement: A Workbook for State Action. These materials were designed in partnership with the Council of State Governments to help States assess the quality of diabetes care and create quality improvement strategies.

States can make changes in health care delivery and best practices that can transform health care systems, reduce costs, and improve public health. For specific diseases like diabetes, a number of States already have substantial programs underway that can shape and inform the development of new initiatives. To assist such efforts, AHRQ has released the following products, developed in consultation with diabetes control and prevention experts at all levels:

  • Diabetes Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action. This comprehensive guide offers a wealth of information and details for a range of participants in a State's quality improvement effort, including state elected leaders, executive branch officials, and other nongovernmental State and local health care leaders. The Resource Guide provides background information, analysis of State and national data, and guidance for developing a State quality improvement plan. It gives an extensive listing of many ongoing national, State, and local efforts to improve diabetes care quality.
  • Diabetes Care Quality Improvement: A Workbook for State Action. A companion to the Resource Guide, the interactive Workbook presents review exercises for State leaders on the key skills and lessons from the Resource Guide to use in implementing health care quality improvement plans in their States. These practical exercises enable Workbook users to focus on their States in comparison to the Nation and other States.

Download Information

The Resource Guide and the Workbook can be downloaded as Word® or PDF files. Your browser may support downloading the planning guide from this page by using the links below. Right click on the link and then select "Save Target As" (Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As" (FirefoxTM, Netscape®).

Print Availability

Printed copies of both publications may be requested from AHRQ's Publications Clearinghouse by calling 800-358-9295 or by E-mail at Request AHRQ Publications No. 04-0072 (Resource Guide) and No. 04-0073 (Workbook).

Current as of September 2004

Internet Citation:

Improving the Quality of Diabetes Care. New Tools for States. September 2004. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville, MD.

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