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Below is a list of all the documentation relating to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs). Some of the files below are in PDF format, help with PDF files is available.

Technical Documentation

New (September 30, 2004)
This document is written for current or potential users of the AHRQ QIs who may be considering applying the QIs for purposes other than national tracking or quality improvement. It is intended as a guide for individuals and organizations evaluating the QIs and administrative data for use in public reporting of hospital-specific quality or for payment (provider selection or pay-for-performance) programs.

The technical review of research underlying the development of the quality indicators is available here.  For research pertaining to the Prevention Quality Indicators and the Inpatient Quality see the Refinement of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Quality Indicators.  For research concerning the Patient Safety Indicators see the Measures of Patient Safety report.

Fact Sheets

Information on the main facts of the AHRQ QIs is below.

Software User Guides

The user guides provide information on the individual QIs to help enable their use.

Software Documentation

The software documentation describes the procedures for implementing the AHRQ QI modules and highlights features of the analytic approach of particular interest to users.

Internet Citation:
Documentation. AHRQ Quality Indicators. September 2004. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov/documentation.htm