July 27, 2023
AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY (AHRQ)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable. AHRQ works within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and with other partners to ensure that the evidence is understood and used.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) intends to publish two Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to invite proposals focused on understanding and improving diagnostic safety in the heterogenous ambulatory care environment. Ambulatory care is defined as medical services performed on an outpatient basis, without admission to a hospital or other facility. These NOFOs build on AHRQs previous RFAs (R01, R18) to improving diagnostic safety in the ambulatory care environment. Diagnostic errors occur in all settings of care, contribute to about 10 percent of patient deaths, and are the primary reason for medical liability claims. AHRQ is the lead Federal agency investing in research to improve diagnostic safety and reduce diagnostic error.
RO1: For the forthcoming R01 NOFO AHRQ is interested in proposals s focused on the incidence and contributory factors of diagnostic error within and across the array of ambulatory care services. As there has been little study of diagnostic safety in many areas of ambulatory care, researchers are encouraged first to investigate the incidence and contributory factors of diagnostic error.
R18: For the Forthcoming R18 NOFO AHRQ is interested in proposals focused on developing strategies and interventions to improve diagnostic safety in the heterogenous ambulatory care environment. AHRQ is interested in providing support designed to develop, test, and evaluate ambulatory care activities that will improve diagnostic safety and quality.
AHRQ intends to publish the NOFOs in late Summer 2023. This notice encourages investigators with appropriate expertise and capabilities to begin to consider applying for the upcoming NOFOs.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOT BEING REQUESTED AT THIS TIME
Stephen Raab, MD
Division of General Patient Safety
Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety