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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Guide

This guide includes information that will assist you with completing advanced searches for your DNP project.

Data, Tools, and Statistics

  • AHRQ Quality Indicators (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) 

    A set of quality indicators organized into four "modules," each of which measures quality associated with processes of care that occurred in an outpatient or an inpatient setting to highlight potential quality concerns, identify areas that need further study and investigation, and track changes over time.

  • Guiding Practices for Patient-Centered Value Assessment (National Pharmaceutical Council) 

    This toolkit has been developed to assess the value—benefits and costs experienced by patients over time—of the components of health care

  • Health IT Safe Practices (ECRI) 

    This page contains resources for good IT practices in healthcare, including guides, toolkits, and podcast episodes.

  • Hospital Safety Grade - (Leapfrog Group USA) 

    Research the scores hospitals have received relevant to patient safety, errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

  • Improving Your Laboratory Testing Process - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS) 

    The tools in this step-by-step guide can increase the reliability of the testing process in your office by helping you examine how tests are managed.

  • Kaiser State Health Facts - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA) 

    Provides health data on more than 700 health topics including demographics, health insurance coverage, health costs, minority health, and women's health for all 50 states.

  • Leading Health Indicators - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA) 

    Healthy People 2030 provides a comprehensive set of 10-year, national goals and objectives for improving the health of all Americans. A smaller set of Healthy People 2030 objectives, called Leading Health Indicators (LHIs), have been selected to communicate high-priority health issues and actions that can be taken to address them.

  • MIPSCast - (Altarum Institute USA) 

    MIPScast™ is a tool designed to calculate a clinician or practice's Merit-based Incentive Payment System or MIPS Final Score under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Quality Payment Program.

  • National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology 

    HSRR is a searchable database of information about research datasets, instruments, indices, and software employed in Health Services Research, the Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Public Health. The database includes brief descriptions of research resources and links to PubMed.

  • NCQA Report Cards - (National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)) 

    NCQA rated more than 1,000 insurance plans based on quality, member satisfaction, and accreditation survey results, focusing on care outcomes and patient opinion. Ratings are searchable by state, type, and plan name.

  • National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators - (American Nurses Association (ANA) USA) 

    Proprietary database of the American Nurses Association. The database collects and evaluates unit-specific nurse-sensitive data from hospitals in the United States.

  • National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS) 

    This website includes access to all reports from this series, as well as a data query section, which allows researchers to find data based on geographic, subject, and topic area.

  • National Practitioner Data Banks - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS) 

    The Division of Practitioner Data Banks (DPDB) is responsible for the implementation of the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB). The NPDB and HIPDB are alert or flagging systems intended to facilitate a comprehensive review of the professional credentials of health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers

  • PROSPERO - (University of York UNITED KINGDOM) 

    PROSPERO consists of over 800 records, giving details of systematic reviews being undertaken in 33 different countries.

  • Patient Safety Network (PSNet) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS) 

    A web-based resource featuring the latest news and essential resources on patient safety. The site offers weekly updates of patient safety literature, news, tools, and meetings ("What's New"), and a vast set of carefully annotated links to important research and other information on patient safety ("The Collection").

  • Patient Safety Primers - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS) 

    This series of resources discuss methods of improving communication between clinicians in the context of routine patient care and emergency situations.

  • QualityNet - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) 

    Tool for use by hospitals to electronically submit their notice of participation for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program- formerly known as Reporting Hospital

  • ROI Forecasting Calculator for Quality Initiatives - (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) USA) 

    The ROI Forecasting Calculator is designed to help Medicaid stakeholders assess and demonstrate a return on investment (ROI) from projects to improve quality in health care.

  • Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS) 

    This toolkit was designed to assist hospitals in reducing readmissions and posthospital emergency department visits. It is specifically designed for those institutions serving diverse populations. It introduces a new component of overcoming language barriers and literacy issues.

  • The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) - (National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)) 

    Tool used by more than 90% of America's health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service.

  • VA Hospital Compare - (Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), VA) 

    Key elements of the VA's transparency initiative involve public presentation of health system and facility data about quality of care and safety. Examples include VA's Hospital Compare website, which provides outcomes and process data for selected diagnoses, and the ASPIRE dashboard, which reports quality and safety goals for all VA hospitals.

  • Value-Based Care Assessment Tool - (Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) USA, StratisHealth USA, University of Iowa, College of Public Health USA) 

    Use the Rural Health Value Team's comprehensive Value-Based Care Strategic Planning Tool (VBC Tool) to assess 121 different value-based care capacities in eight categories. After completion, users receive a Value-Based Care Readiness Report that can be used to assess an organization's readiness for value-based care and to develop value-based care action plans.

  • Why Not the Best? Comparative Health Care Performance Data - (Commonwealth Fund) 

    Free resource for health care professionals interested in tracking performance on various measures of health care quality. It enables organizations to compare their performance against that of peer organizations, against a range of benchmarks, and over time. Case studies and improvement tools spotlight successful improvement strategies of the nation's top performers.

  • eCQI Resource Center - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS) 

    This resource provide a centralized location for news, information, tools and standards related to electronic clinical quality improvement and electronic clinical quality measures

    Credit: U.S. National Library of Medicine, HSRIC: Quality

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