AHRQ Urges Research on Bioterrorism Threat - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Author: Rosemarie Sweeney, Toni Lapp
Date: Nov 15, 2000

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has announced new support for assessing and improving the U.S. health care system's capacity to respond to potential bioterrorism. The $5 million initiative is part of a broad effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies against bioterrorism. The initiative will focus on clinical preparedness of health care professionals and health care systems. Clinical training and the ability of front-line medical staff, including primary care physicians, emergency departments and hospitals, to detect and respond to possible threats will be examined. "This research will help clinicians, hospitals and other parts of the health care system detect and respond more quickly in the event of a bioterrorist incident," said AHRQ Director John M. Eisenberg, M.D. "We need to think about how we would handle the unthinkable."

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