Common Formats

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Using the AHRQ Common Formats makes it possible to collect patient safety information in a standardized manner that permits valid comparisons of similar cases among similar providers. This can advance learning about how to improve patient safety. Any provider may use the AHRQ Common Formats, but Federal confidentiality and privilege protections are only available to providers and listed PSOs working together under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005. Listed PSOs may contribute non-identified Common Formats data to the network of patient safety databases (NPSD).

Common Formats Overview

This overview of AHRQ Common Formats includes a description of the types of Common Formats, where to find more information about them, how to provide feedback on AHRQ Common Formats, and information about adverse events in rehabilitation and long-term-care hospitals from studies conducted by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Development of Common Formats

A description of the development of AHRQ Common Formats.

Page last reviewed November 2020
Page originally created January 2014

Internet Citation: Common Formats. Content last reviewed November 2020. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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