AHRQ's Impact Case Studies Program catalogues the impact the Agency's research and resources have on outcomes, quality, cost, use, and access. They demonstrate how AHRQ-funded research, tools, and products are actually being used by Federal and State Government; individual practices, clinics, and hospitals; insurance companies; professional associations; and schools of public health and medicine.
Managed by the Office of Communications and Knowledge Transfer (OCKT), the program objective is to track the impact of AHRQ research and resources and explain that impact in ways policymakers and others can both understand and appreciate. This use of an AHRQ product generally results in one of the following:
- Change in a clinical practice.
- Change in a policy.
- Change in patient outcomes.
Knowledge Transfer Case Studies (identified by the initials "KT") describe results of activities under AHRQ's Knowledge Transfer and Implementation contract program, which is intended to accelerate the dissemination and implementation of AHRQ's evidence-based products, tools, and research findings into the health care system.