in Primary Care
A Decision Guide
Prepared by the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine; Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Help for Practices Large and Small to Improve Efficiency
AHRQ is pleased to provide a web-based decision guide tool for improving efficiency and reducing waste in primary care. If you are ready to make some changes in your practice, this tool is designed to provide primary care clinicians and managers with answers to questions like:
- What is inefficiency?
- What are the sources of inefficiency?
- How is process improvement involved in efficiency?
Roadmap to Efficiency Improvements in Primary CareBelow we have presented the major areas associated with efficiency within primary care within the context of the patient visit. Areas in pink are activities that typically occur prior to patient check-in; areas in yellow are activities that typically occur during the patient visit; and areas in blue typically occur after patient check-out. For more detailed information on specific areas please click on one of the boxes.