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  • Publication # 13-RA004

The March 2014 issue of Research Activities was the last issue of the monthly newsletter. AHRQ is transitioning to a new quarterly thematic publication that will provide longer, more in-depth analyses of individual topics related to AHRQ’s four priority areas. This new publication will be available online  in the Fall.

Research Activities readers will still be able to access published studies by AHRQ and AHRQ-supported researchers on the AHRQ Research Studies Web page, which will be online later this Spring. Studies can be accessed by first author, publication date, and key word.

Thanks to all our readers over the years who have told us how much they have enjoyed the newsletter. We hope our new quarterly publication will be equally useful in learning more about AHRQ and the field of health services research!

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Combining strategies cuts hospitals’ healthcare-associated infection rates

Agency News and Notes

The new evidence report Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections shows that basic quality improvement strategies are more effective at reducing health care-associated infections among hospital patients when coupled with either care audit and clinician feedback plus provider reminder systems, or audit and feedback alone. These strategies were also effective at increasing hospital staff adherence to infection-specific patient safety protocols.

This report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is part of a larger initiative, Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science, developed by AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program, which funds effectiveness and comparative effectiveness research and makes findings available for clinicians, consumers, and policymakers. For details, go to

Page last reviewed January 2013
Internet Citation: Combining strategies cuts hospitals’ healthcare-associated infection rates: Agency News and Notes. January 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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