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Interest in Research to Improve Diagnostic Performance in Ambulatory Care Settings
Release Date: May 17, 2013
Purpose: The mission of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare for all Americans. AHRQ achieves this mission by supporting a broad program of health services research and by working with partners to promote improvements in clinical and health system practices that benefit patients.
This Special Emphasis Notice (SEN) informs the research community that AHRQ intends to support research designed to improve diagnostic performance in ambulatory care settings. With this notice, AHRQ is providing information about one of its highest research priorities for investigator initiated applications. This includes gaining a better understanding of the incidence, cost, determinants, and strategies for preventing or mitigating diagnostic errors (i.e., misdiagnosis, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis). For the purposes of this SEN, ambulatory care refers to health care provided in emergency departments; clinicians’ offices and practices, both large and small; outpatient clinics; community health centers; urgent care centers; and ambulatory surgery centers. Researchers from non-ambulatory settings with a strong interest in fostering safe, high quality diagnostic performance are welcome to apply, but must do so in partnership with an ambulatory care organization.