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J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Nov 14. doi: 10.1007/s11606-018-4737-7. [Epub ahead of print]

The Care and Learn Model: a Practice and Research Model for Improving Healthcare Quality and Outcomes.

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1
Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD, USA. montori.victor@mayo.edu.
2
Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit, Rochester, MN, USA. montori.victor@mayo.edu.
3
Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit, Rochester, MN, USA.
4
Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD, USA.

Abstract

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality conducted internal work to formulate a model that could be used to analyze the Agency's research portfolio, identify gaps, develop and prioritize its research agenda, and evaluate its performance. Existing models described the structure and components of the healthcare system. Instead, we produced a model of two functions: caring and learning. Central to this model is the commitment to and participation of people-patients, communities, and health professionals-and the organization of systems to respond to people's problems using evidence. As a product of caring, the system produces evidence that is then used to adapt and continuously improve this response, closely integrating caring and learning. The Agency and the health services research and improvement communities can use this Care and Learn Model to frame an evidence-based understanding of vexing clinical, healthcare delivery, and population health problems and to identify targets for investment, innovation, and investigation.

KEYWORDS:

evidence-based medicine; health policy; health services research; healthcare delivery; quality improvement

PMID:
30430403
DOI:
10.1007/s11606-018-4737-7

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