EvidenceNOW is focusing on helping primary care practices use the latest evidence to improve the heart health of Americans, and it is one of the largest initiatives funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

ESCALATES is the national evaluation for EvidenceNOW. The ESCALATES team is studying which practice supports and quality improvement strategies are most effective across the seven regional cooperatives participating in this initiative.

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The 2017 Blood Pressure Guideline: A View from the Exam Room

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Based on knowledge acquired since the publication of Joint National Committee 7 guidelines nearly 15 years ago, a new hypertension guideline was released in early November 2017. As I reviewed the …

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The Power Of Patient Engagement

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EvidenceNOW aims to improve the ABCS of heart health in the patients of 1,500 small- to medium-sized primary care practices across the United States. One of the key means of accomplishing this goal in EvidenceNOW has been Practice Facilitation, though …

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What Prevention Actions Should Practices Prioritize for their Limited Resources?

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In an analysis by Yarnall and colleagues, it was estimated that it would take a physician with a patient panel of 2,500 patients 7.4 hours per working day to deliver all of the …

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Some Challenges Rural Practices Face in Working on Quality Improvement

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The Cooperatives of EvidenceNOW were each tasked with recruiting 250 diverse small- to medium-sized practices each, which resulted in about 20% of the 1500 participants being from rural areas …

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AHRQ: EvidenceNOW: A Snapshot of Participating Primary Care Practices

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The following graphic created by AHRQ from ESCALATES data, illustrates the characteristics of the participating small- to medium-sized primary care practices in EvidenceNOW along with the average …

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