Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Where in the World Is Evidence-Based Practice March 21, 2010, was not EBP’s date of birth, but it may be the date the approach “grew up” and left home to take on the world. When the Affordable Care Act was passed, it came with a requirement of empirical evidence. Research on EBP increased significantly. Application of EBP spread to allied health professions, education, healthcare technology, and more. Health organizations began to adopt and promote EBP. In this Discussion, you will consider this adoption. You will examine healthcare organization websites and analyze to what extent these organizations use EBP. To Prepare: • Review the Resources and reflect on the definition and goal of EBP. •Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Choose a professional healthcare organization’s website (e.g., a reimbursing body, an accredited body, or a national initiative). • Explore the website to determine where and to what extent EBP is evident. By Day 3 of Week 1 Post a description of the healthcare organization website you reviewed. Describe where, if at all, EBP appears (e.g., the mission, vision, philosophy, and/or goals of the healthcare organization, or in other locations on the website). Then, explain whether this healthcare organization’s work is grounded in EBP and why or why not. Finally, explain whether the information you discovered on the healthcare organization’s website has changed your perception of the healthcare organization. Be specific and provide examples.


Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is the Driving Force Behind the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

This paper is about the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the fact that the driving philosophy behind it is evidence-based practice or EBP (Bindman, 2017; Balk & Lichtenstein, 2017). In analyzing the website of this organization which is one of the 12 agencies of the US Department of Health and Human Services, it was noted that its mission itself attests to evidence-based practice. The mission of the agency states that it is to produce evidence for better quality healthcare (i.e. care that is safe, efficient, effective, equitable, patient-centered, and timely). Further examination of the AHRQ website reveals that it has a full webpage just dedicated to informing the public about evidence-based practice centers (EPCs). The nine EPCs on this webpage of the AHRQ website include Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, and Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center (AHRQ, 2012).

The AHRQ is indeed grounded in EBP because its very mission is to provide evidence for healthcare practice that will guarantee quality healthcare. Its title alone reflects its ‘research’ and ‘quality’ orientation which means that it is grounded in scientific or scholarly data for any recommendations to practice that it may make from time to time. As a matter of fact, the information found on the website of this agency/ organization has completely changed the author’s view of the agency. It is impressive to know that an organization that prides itself in facilitating quality improvement (QI) in healthcare is motivated and guided by the philosophy of evidence-based practice or EBP. It goes without saying that to provide quality healthcare, all healthcare organizations must only use those medical and nursing interventions that are backed by scholarly peer-reviewed evidence.  Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ] (2012). Evidence-based practice centers (EPCs).

Balk, E.M., & Lichtenstein, A.H. (2017). Omega-3 fatty acids and cardiovascular disease: Summary of the 2016 Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality evidence review. Nutrients, 9(8), 865-877.

Bindman, A.B. (2017). The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the development of a learning health care system. JAMA Internal Medicine, 177(7), 909-910.

Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)