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ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views

From the AARC Congress: Keynote Speaker Urges RTs to Improve Patient-Centered Care

Published December 7, 2010 12:23 AM by Sharlene George

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality wants to hear from you.

The invitation came from AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, during the keynote address Monday at the American Association for Respiratory Care's 56th International Respiratory Congress.

Dr. Clancy focused on the importance of patient-centered outcomes research. In broad terms, the AHRQ's central goal is to determine which treatments work the best for which patients and under which circumstances. And then the AHRQ disseminates the findings so that the best care can be applied easily and consistently in health care facilities nationwide. This is no easy feat.

"The bottom line is that the U.S. is a world leader in biomedical science, but we're not so great at applying our knowledge to patient care," Dr. Clancy said. "We don't do what we know."

As part of the solution, Dr. Clancy encouraged respiratory therapists to share their success stories with each other and the AHRQ. It's possible that your local hospital's initiative could be validated through rigorous research and one day be implemented nationwide to improve the quality of care for all patients. 

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) appropriated $1.1 billion for research that compares the effectiveness of different medical options. Of those funds, the AHRQ has $300 million it can use for research grants, and so far, few dollars have been awarded to projects with contributions from the respiratory care community. Dr. Clancy urged RTs to put together a list of research studies they would want to see completed and to contact the AHRQ to find out how to apply for funding. For examples of projects under way, visit

What would be on your list?



The conference was very informative and I enjoyed each day of learning while I attended this year.  Though I am a Respiratory Therapist I still look forward to the growing information in sleep medicine.  

Raquel Rothe, Sleep Medicine - Owner/President, Sleep EZ Diagnostic Center, Inc. December 14, 2010 3:59 PM
Salem VA

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