New Partnership for Sharing Health Information

(August 29, 2012)

The American Lung Association is pleased to announce that we are partnering with the Effective Health Care Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a Federal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Together we will help share evidenced-based health information with clinicians, patients, and caregivers to help inform health care decisions on treatments for breathing-related conditions.

AHRQ leads efforts to identify and conduct comparative effectiveness research, a type of patient centered outcomes research, that compares drugs, medical devices, tests, surgeries, or ways to deliver health care to help patients and health care providers work together to make informed choices on treatment options. AHRQ works with research teams across the country to review the scientific evidence on treatments for a variety of conditions and translates them into materials tailored for patients, caregivers, and health professionals. Examples of available lung health related patient summary guides include:

Partnering with AHRQ enables us to connect you with these valuable free research products, as well as the opportunity to help improve lung health by participating in the research development process. Before your next medical appointment, we encourage you to explore these resources to learn more about your health condition, compare your options, and prepare questions to ask your health professional.

For more information about AHRQ’s efforts to encourage patients to explore their treatment options, visit the Effective Health Care Program’s Explore Your Treatment Options page, library of resources, and the national partnership network. Free copies of educational materials for patients and caregivers can be ordered by calling 800–358–9295 and using code C-01.

We encourage clinicians, health professionals, and organizations to explore these free CMEs/CEs and quick-reference clinical summaries for the entire health care team. Patient educational tools summarize in plain language information about health conditions, benefits, risk factors, and information to help them and their caregivers understand their treatment options.  They are free to order for your office or conference.

Partnering with AHRQ enables us to connect you with these valuable tools, as well as the opportunity to help improve lung health by participating in the research development process. To learn more, visit the Effective Health Care Program, library of resources, and the national partnership network. There are also opportunities to partner and get involved at the local and regional level. If you’re interested in learning more please send an email to EHC_Outreach@ahrq.hhs.gov.