We Need Health Services Research More Than Ever!

I am pleased to share with you AcademyHealth’s report, AHRQ: 15 Years of Transforming Care and Improving Health, which commemorates AHRQ’s 15th anniversary. In today’s health and medical care environment, knowing what preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions work to improve quality and that are cost responsible is essential! AHRQ has an extraordinary history of providing all health stakeholders with evidence-based and practice knowledge that has resulted in enhanced care outcomes. This report is not only a celebration of the past, but makes a compelling case for enhanced support in the future.

As stated by Lisa Simpson, President and CEO of AcademyHealth, “This report celebrates the contributions of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to improve health and health care and commemorates the agency’s 15th anniversary. Research, datasets, and tools supported by AHRQ are used by patients; physicians, nurses, and other health care providers; health systems and hospitals; public health professionals; federal, state, and local policymakers; and purchasers and payers, such as employers and public and private insurers to make health care safer; of higher quality; more accessible, equitable, and affordable; and to ensure that this evidence is understood and used.”

Please take a minute to peruse the report … I hope you enjoy it.