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July 2017

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Development of a Learning Health Care System

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine and Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California–San Francisco, San Francisco
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(7):909-910. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.2589

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), of which I was the director from May 2016 until January 2017, has played a leading federal role in promoting evidence-based medicine through its support of health services research, the synthesis of clinical research findings into evidence, and strategies to move evidence into practice. Although evidence-based medicine remains an aspirational goal, studies consistently show gaps between optimal care as determined by research evidence and actual practice.1 In this Viewpoint, I describe a strategy begun during my time at AHRQ that has the potential to be more effective than prior approaches for moving evidence into practice.

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