The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Resources committed to improving the safety and quality of the Nation’s healthcare system, created in 1989.

The agency’s main focus is investing in research on the Nation’s health delivery system that goes beyond the “what” of health care to understand “how” to make health care safer and improve quality. AHRQ develops and provides information to teach and train healthcare systems and professionals and generates measures and data used by providers and policymakers.