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Expanding Research and Evaluation Designs to Improve the Science Base

Meeting Summary

On September 13-15, 2005, AHRQ convened a meeting to examine public health quality improvement interventions.

This symposium, held September 13-15, 2005, reviewed a range of quality improvement interventions (QIIs) and the critical questions that arise in evaluation of these interventions, identified the strengths, weaknesses, and tradeoffs of alternative designs and methods for evaluating QIIs, and suggested strategies to facilitate possible changes in funding mechanisms, review processes, research and publication standards, and research training to help accelerate the development and spread of reliable QII research methods.


Executive Summary
Summary of the Presentations
   Description of the Meeting Format
   Expanding Research and Evaluation Designs for Quality Improvement Interventions
   An Integrated Model for Improvement: Implications for Study Design
   Meeting Purposes and Process Revisited
   Session I. Case Studies: QII at the Clinical Microsystem Level
   Session II. Research Evaluation Designs for QII at the Health "Plan" Level
   Session III. QII at the Multiple Clinical Systems Level: Improving Chronic Illness Care Evaluation
   Session IV. QII at the State/Regional Level
Summary of the Recommendations
   Reports from the Homogeneous Breakout Groups
      Disparities Recommendations
      Research Training Directors' Recommendations
      Design Experts' Recommendations
      Peer Reviewers' and Journal Editors' Recommendations
      Users' Recommendations
   Reports from the Heterogeneous Breakout Groups
Next Steps, Parting Remarks
The Core Planning Group
Participant List
Symposium Agenda

Prepared by Barbara DeVinney for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality under a subcontract to Contract No. 290-01-0001 with Cygnus Corporation, Inc.

Current as of March 2009
Internet Citation: Expanding Research and Evaluation Designs to Improve the Science Base : Meeting Summary. March 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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