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About AHRQ
Budget & Mission (Budget Justification for Fiscal Year 2005/ Testimony on Fiscal Year 2005 Budget Request/ AHRQ Profile/Reauthorization Fact Sheet)
Strategic Plan (AHRQ Strategic Plan/Performance Plans for FY 2004 and 2005
Organization & Contacts (Key Contacts/National Advisory Council Overview/Offices & Centers)
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Map and Directions to AHRQ
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Newsroom (Press Releases/Fact Sheets/Testimony, Speeches, Interviews/Press Office Contacts)
State & Local Policymakers (User Liaison Program)
Publications & Products (Publications Catalog/InstantFAX/Electronic Catalog)
FOIA Reading Room (Freedom of Information Act)
Electronic Policies (Copyright/Linking/Privacy)

Clinical Information
Evidence-based Practice (Evidence-based Practice Centers/Evidence Reports/Technical Reviews)
Outcomes & Effectiveness (Fact Sheet/The Outcome of Outcomes Research/CERTs)
Technology Assessment (Technology Assessments/Technology Reviews)
Preventive Services (Put Prevention Into Practice/U.S. Preventive Services Task Force)
Clinical Practice Guidelines (National Guideline Clearinghouse™/Guidelines Online)

Consumer Health
Health Conditions/Diseases (Now You Have a Diagnosis: What's Next?/ Common Uterine Conditions: Options for Treatment/Pneumonia: More Patients May Be Treated at Home/Understanding Your Body)
Health Plans (Choosing and Using a Health Plan/Checkup on Health Insurance Choices)
Prescriptions (Your Medicine: Play It Safe)
Prevention & Wellness (Pocket Guide to Good Health for Children/Pocket Guide to Good Health for Adults/Staying Healthy at 50+/What You Should Know about Stroke Prevention)
Quality of Care (Five Steps to Safer Health Care/20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors/Your Guide to Choosing Quality Health Care)
Quit Smoking (You Can Quit Smoking)
Surgery (Be Informed: Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before You Have Surgery)
Información en español (Documents available in Spanish)

Funding Opportunities
Overview (Funding Opportunities)
Grant Announcements (Request for Applications/Ongoing Program Announcements)
Peer Review at AHRQ
Grant Award Resources
Policy Notices (Agency Requests/Grant Issues)
Contract Solicitations
Research Training Grants (Programs/Tools and Resources/Dissertation Questions & Answers/Trend Data)

Research Findings
Child and Adolescent Health (Funded Projects/State Children's Health Insurance Program/Supporting Research/Child Health Advisory Group/Child Health Toolbox)
Women's Health (Women's Health Highlights/Breast Cancer Research Highlights/Health Care for Minority Women)
Minority Health (Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care/Improving Health Care for Ethnic and Racial Minority Populations/Excellence Centers To Eliminate Ethnic/Racial Disparities: EXCEED)
Research Activities: Online Newsletter
Fact Sheets / Syntheses
(Elderly Healthcare/Healthcare Costs/Long-Term Care/Managed Care/Markets/Mental Health/Methods/Primary Care/Rural Health)

Quality Assessment
National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™
CAHPS®: Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS® Fact Sheet/Questionnaires: Download)
Measuring Healthcare Quality (Q-SPAN: Expanding and Improving Quality of Care Measures)
Medical Errors & Patient Safety (Fact Sheet/20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors: Patient Fact Sheet/Medical Errors: The Scope of the Problem)
Quality Information & Improvement (Americans as Health Care Consumers: The Role of Quality Information/Case Studies from the Quality Improvement Support System/Theory and Reality of Value-Based Purchasing)
Quality Indicators (Quality Indicators: Download/Prevention Quality Indicators: Download)
QuIC—Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force (QuIC Fact Sheet/Report to the President on Medical Errors/QuIC Web Site)

Data & Surveys
MEPS—Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS Web Site, Fact Sheets)
HCUP—Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (Overview/HCUPnet/Nationwide Inpatient Sample—NIS/State Inpatient Databases—SID/State Ambulatory Surgery Databases—SASD/Kids' Inpatient Database—KID/Clinical Classifications Software: Download)
HIV & AIDS Costs & Use (HCSUS Fact Sheet)
Healthcare Informatics Standards (Federal Health Care Informatics Standards Activities/A Compendium of Selected Public Health Data Sources)

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