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Dr. Kendall

Principal Associate, Health & Environment

Dr. Kendall K. Hall is a board-certified emergency physician and health services researcher with nearly 20 years of experience developing and managing patient safety and quality improvement initiatives.  This experience includes serving as a medical officer at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ), assisting in the development of the healthcare-associated infections program, in addition to leading large-scale quality and safety initiatives for several HHS agencies.

Dr. Hall will be supporting Abt clients such as AHRQ, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to promote quality improvement and patient safety in health care.

Dr. Hall came to Abt from IMPAQ (now part of the American Institutes for Research), where she was a Managing Director in the Health Division. She led a variety of IMPAQ’s safety and quality projects, including the Making Health Care Safer III Report (AHRQ), Patient Safety Measure Development and Maintenance contract (CMS), and the National Content Developer for the Partnership for Patients (CMS). She was also a Co-Editor in Chief of the AHRQ Patient Safety Network (PSNet). Prior to IMPAQ, Dr. Hall served as a Medical Officer in the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at AHRQ.


  • Patient safety
  • Quality Improvement
  • Healthcare Innovations
  • Research
  • Quality measurement

Key Projects:

  • Identifying and Testing Strategies for Management of Opioid Use and Misuse In Older Adults in Primary Care (AHRQ)
  • TeamSTEPPS Curriculum Updates (AHRQ)
  • National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Pipeline Readiness Technical Assistance Initiative (HRSA)


  • Hall KK, Shoemaker-Hunt S, Hoffman L, et al. Making Healthcare Safer III: A Critical Analysis of Existing and Emerging Patient Safety Practices. (Prepared by Abt Associates Inc. under Contract No. 233-2015-00013-I.) AHRQ Publication No. 20-0029-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; March 2020.
  • Hall KK, Lim A, Gale B. The Use of Rapid Response Teams to Reduce Failure to Rescue Events: A Systematic Review. J Patient Saf. 2020 Sep;16(3S Suppl 1):S3-S7.
  • Schoyer E, Hall K. Environmental Cleaning and Decontamination to Prevent Clostridioides difficile Infection in Health Care Settings: A Systematic Review. J Patient Saf. 2020 Sep;16(3S Suppl 1):S12-S15.
  • Gall E, Long A, Hall KK. Chlorhexidine Bathing Strategies for Multidrug-Resistant Organisms: A Summary of Recent Evidence. J Patient Saf. 2020 Sep;16(3S Suppl 1):S16-S22.
  • Gale BM, Hall KK. The Use of Patient Monitoring Systems to Improve Sepsis Recognition and Outcomes: A Systematic Review. J Patient Saf. 2020 Sep;16(3S Suppl 1):S8-S11.
Dr. Kendall Hall