• National Quality Partners (NQP™), an NQF initiative, is an active forum for National Quality Forum members to connect, collaborate, and provide thought leadership on quality improvement strategies to achieve national health and healthcare quality goals. NQP leads practical, action-oriented initiatives to drive meaningful and lasting change for patients and their families.

    NQP™ addresses some of the nation’s highest priority—and most complex—healthcare issues by engaging stakeholders from across the continuum of care. 

    Guided by the NQP Leadership Consortium, NQP sets priorities for action and provides strategic direction for healthcare improvement.

    NQF, working together with the NQP Action Teams, patient partners, clinicians, consumers, health plans, and other stakeholders, develops and delivers timely, practical resources for real-world needs. These tools help those on the frontlines improve the quality of care throughout their organizations.

    Current NQP initiatives include:


    NQP’s strong record of success stems from initiatives that emphasize action and implementation that help tackle some of the nation’s most pressing healthcare needs. All NQP products can be downloaded on the NQF Store:

    • The NQP Playbook™: Antibiotic Stewardship in Post-Acute Care and Long-Term Care is an essential tool for post-acute and long-term care facilities seeking to implement, improve, and sustain antibiotic stewardship programs and improve the safety and quality of care for their residents and their families.
    • The NQP™ Playbook: Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care provides a roadmap for U.S. hospitals to strengthen antibiotic stewardship programs and helped spur national standards requiring that hospitals have robust antimicrobial stewardship programs in place to address antibiotic overuse and misuse
    • The NQP Playbook™: Opioid Stewardship provides essential guidance for healthcare organizations and clinicians across care settings committed to appropriate pain management strategies and opioid stewardship.
    • The NQP Playbook™: Shared Decision Making is the go-to resource for healthcare organizations and clinicians across care settings to implement and strengthen shared decision making – making it a reality for all patients.
    • NQP’s Advanced Illness Care Issue Brief provides physicians with tools to discuss complex issues with patients about their preferences and goals for advanced illness care
    • The Early Elective Delivery Playbook contributed to a 50 percent decline in early elective deliveries nationwide over a three-year period

    Get Involved

    Interested in being a part of our work? Learn how to get involved with NQP and review the Frequently Asked Questions. Please contact National Quality Partners to fund current and future initiatives.

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