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.

MOST RECENT ESCALATES POSTS

What Do We Know and Need to Know About Transforming Primary Care?

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As a long-time participant in, and student of, primary care transformation, I am struck by how little we understand about how to stimulate, facilitate, manage, and reward …

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Engaging Staff Led to 177 Cases of Smoking Cessation

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One practice participating in the Northwest Cooperative of EvidenceNOW was able to get 177 active tobacco users to stop smoking by engaging all of their staff in the implementation of a quality improvement …

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Keeping the Small-Town Hospital Going: How External Obstacles Affect the Ability of Practices to Improve

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I recently met a physician on a practice visit who seemed to be keeping his small-town hospital alive almost single-handedly …

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Context Matters When Improving the ABCS of Heart Health in Diverse Places

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Why is it that research findings from different studies often seem to contradict each other? Why do summaries of research on a particular topic usually come to …

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AHRQ: EvidenceNOW: Setting the Target for Improving Heart Health in America

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The following graphics¬†created by AHRQ from ESCALATES data, show how the primary care clinics participating in EvidenceNOW are doing at…

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