AHRQ’s Tools and Resources to Partner Patients, Families and Heath Professionals for Informed Health Decisions!

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America’s health care system. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the health care system and help Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.

To promote stronger engagement, AHRQ offers tools and research to help patients, families, and health professionals work together as partners:


The Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety focuses on strategies for promoting patient and family engagement in hospital safety and quality of care.

The Guide to Improving Patient Safety in Primary Care Settings by Engaging Patients and Families project focuses on developing approaches to improve patient safety in primary care settings by engaging patients and families.

Improving Your Office Testing Process: Patient Engagement Survey can help assess patients’ understanding of their tests and their knowledge about what they should do after receiving test results.

The Toolkit To Educate and Engage Residents and Family Members is one of four toolkits in the Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide. It helps a nursing home encourage an open and respectful dialogue between nurses and prescribing clinicians and residents and their family members and helps residents and family members participate in their care.

Comprehensive Unit-based Research Program Toolkits

AHRQ’s Comprehensive Unit-based Research Program (CUSP) toolkits that focus on eliminating specific healthcare-associated infections in various health care settings feature modules and materials on patient and family engagement.


Practice-Based Research Networks involve practicing clinicians to answer clinical and organizational questions central to primary health care and offer research on patient engagement.

The AHRQ Health IT Program has research on the interaction of health IT and patient engagement.

When you have some time, explore the AHRQ Website to learn more about the resources and tools they have available to help everyone make more informed healthcare decisions!