Release Date:  December 20, 2001

NOTICE:  NOT-HS-02-001

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

This notice informs the research community that the Agency for Healthcare 
Research and Quality (AHRQ) has launched a major initiative to reduce medical 
errors and improve patient safety.  With this initiative, AHRQ is funding 
research and training grants to help identify the causes of medical errors 
and develop effective solutions to strengthen quality of care across the 
country.  Further information about AHRQ's research agenda in this area can 
be found on the Agency web-site at:  http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/errorsix.htm.

In particular, this notice announces AHRQ's interest in funding career 
development (K) grants to investigators who want to develop their research 
careers in areas related to patient safety.  Information about AHRQ-sponsored 
career development grants can also be found on the Agency web-site at: 
http://www.ahrq.gov/fund/training/trainix.htm##.  It is expected that these 
grant applications will include projects addressing key unanswered questions 
about how errors occur and provide science-based information on what 
patients, clinicians, hospital leaders, policymakers and others can do to 
make the health care system safer.  Research results will identify 
improvement strategies that work in hospitals, doctors' offices, nursing 
homes, and other health care settings across the nation.

Questions regarding this Notice can be submitted to: Debbie Rothstein, Ph.D., 
AHRQ, Office of Research Review, Education, and Policy, 2101 East Jefferson 
Street, Suite 400,  Rockville MD  20852, Phone:  (301) 594-2918, 
Fax:  (301) 594-1401, Email:  DRothste@AHRQ.GOV.

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