Friday, September 29, 2006

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Public versus private institutional performance reporting: What is mandatory for quality improvement?

Veena Guru, Stephen E. Fremes, C. David Naylor, Peter C. Austin, Fiona M. Shrive, William A. Ghali, Jack V. Tu and in collaboration with the Cardiac Care Network (CCN) of Ontario
Am Heart J. 2006 Sep;152(3):573-578

Abstract Full Text + Links PDF (290 K)


Reporting for provider performance: Should we punish the bad, or try to make them all good?
T. Bruce Ferguson, Jr
Am Heart J. 2006 Sep;152(3):410-413

Abstract Full Text + Links PDF (143 K)

Implementation of a cardiac surgery report card: lessons from the Massachusetts experience.

Shahian DM, Torchiana DF, Normand SL.
Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Sep;80(3):1146-50.

Abstract Full Text + Links PDF (70 K)


Mandatory database participation: risky business?
Grunkemeier GL, Furnary AP.
Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Sep;80(3):799-801.

Abstract Full Text + Links PDF (68 K)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Effect of Medicare Health Maintenance Organizations on Hospitalization Rates for Ambulatory Care-Sensitive Conditions.

Feng Zeng, June F. O'Leary, Elizabeth M. Sloss, Melissa Succi Lopez, Nasreen Dhanani, Glenn Melnick
Medical Care. 44(10):900-907, October 2006

Abstract HTML PDF (297 K)

Data Sources for Measuring Comorbidity: A Comparison of Hospital Records and Medicare Claims for Cancer Patients.

Carrie N. Klabunde, Linda C. Harlan, Joan L. Warren
Medical Care. 44(10):921-928, October 2006.

Abstract HTML PDF (290 K)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

NQF - Nurses’ Educational Preparation and Patient Outcomes in Acute Care: A Case for Quality

In an effort to support the potential relationship between nursing educational preparation and quality healthcare, National Quality Forum (NQF) drafted a paper that summarizes the evidence on the significant effects of nursing education on outcomes and patient safety.


Monday, September 25, 2006

The safety attitudes questionnaire: Psychometric properties, benchmarking data, and emerging research

John B Sexton , Robert L Helmreich , Torsten B Neilands , Kathy Rowan , Keryn Vella , James Boyden , Peter R Roberts and Eric J Thomas
BMC Health Services Research 2006, 6:44

Abstract Full text PDF

Patient safety in surgery

Makary, M.A., Sexton, J.B., Freischlag, J.A., and others
Annals of Surgery (2006, May) 243(5), pp. 628-635.

Abstract HTML PDF (593 K)

Operating room teamwork among physicians and nurses

Teamwork in the eye of the beholder
Makary, M.A., Sexton, J.B., Freischlag, J.A., and others
Journal of the American College of Surgeons 202, pp. 746-752.

Abstract Full Text + Links PDF (549 K)

Friday, September 22, 2006

Are the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality obstetric trauma indicators valid measures of hospital safety?

Grobman WA, Feinglass J, Murthy S.
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2006;195:868-874.

Abstract Full Text + Links PDF (215 K)

Provider Attitudes toward Pay-for-Performance Programs

Development and Validation of a Measurement Instrument
Mark Meterko, Gary J. Young, Bert White, Barbara G. Bokhour, James F. Burgess Jr., Dan Berlowitz, Matthew R. Guldin, Marjorie Nealon Seibert
Health Services Research 2006 41:5 1959

abstract full-text pdf

Thursday, September 21, 2006

AHRQ QI Composite Measure Reports

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has posted for public comment the AHRQ QI Composite Measure draft reports for the Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs) and the Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs).



Wednesday, September 20, 2006

A proposed adaptation of the EFQM fundamental concepts of excellence to health care based on the PATH framework

Paula Vallejo, Rosa Maria Saura, Rosa Sunol, Vahe Kazandjian, Victoria Ureña, and Jordi Mauri
Int J Qual Health Care 2006 18: 327-335

[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Evaluating treatment process redesign by applying the EFQM Excellence Model

Udo Nabitz, Mark Schramade, and Gerard Schippers
Int J Qual Health Care 2006 18: 336-345

[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Direct comparison of risk-adjusted and non-risk-adjusted CUSUM analyses of coronary artery bypass surgery outcomes.

Novick RJ, Fox SA, Stitt LW, Forbes TL, Steiner S.
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2006 Aug;132(2):386-91.

Abstract Full Text + Links PDF (166 K)

Medication Dispensing Errors and Potential Adverse Drug Events before and after Implementing Bar Code Technology in the Pharmacy

E. G. Poon, J. L. Cina, W. Churchill, N. Patel, E. Featherstone, J. M. Rothschild, C. A. Keohane, A. D. Whittemore, D. W. Bates and T. K. Gandhi
Ann Intern Med 2006; 426-434.

Abstract Full Text PDF

Monday, September 18, 2006

Usefulness of the nursing home quality measures and quality indicators for assessing skilled nursing facility rehabilitation outcomes.

Silverstein B, Findley PA, Bode RK.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2006 Aug;87(8):1021-5.

Abstract Full Text + Links PDF (92 K)

Identifying performance indicators for family practice

Assessing levels of consensus
Barnsley J, Berta W, Cockerill R, MacPhail J, Vayda E. Can Fam Physician. 2005 May;51:700-1.

Abstract Full Text PDF–285K

Friday, September 15, 2006

Pay-For-Performance: Too Much Of A Good Thing?

A Conversation With Martin Roland
Robert Galvin
Health Affairs, September/October 2006; 25(5): w412-w419.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

The OECD Health Care Quality Indicators Project

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Volume 18, Issue Supplement 1: September 2006

Soeren Mattke, Arnold M. Epstein, and Sheila Leatherman
The OECD Health Care Quality Indicators Project: history and background
Int J Qual Health Care 2006 18: 1-4;
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Onyebuchi A. Arah, Gert P. Westert, Jeremy Hurst, and Niek S. Klazinga
A conceptual framework for the OECD Health Care Quality Indicators Project
Int J Qual Health Care 2006 18: 5-13;
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Vivienne McLoughlin, John Millar, Soeren Mattke, Margarida Franca, Pia Maria Jonsson, David Somekh, and David Bates
Selecting indicators for patient safety at the health system level in OECD countries
Int J Qual Health Care 2006 18: 14-20;
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Martin Marshall, Niek Klazinga, Sheila Leatherman, Charlie Hardy, Eckhard Bergmann, Luis Pisco, Soeren Mattke, and Jan Mainz
OECD Health Care Quality Indicator Project. The expert panel on primary care prevention and health promotion
Int J Qual Health Care 2006 18: 21-25;
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Antonio Nicolucci, Sheldon Greenfield, and Soeren Mattke
Selecting indicators for the quality of diabetes care at the health systems level in OECD countries
Int J Qual Health Care 2006 18: 26-30;
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Richard C. Hermann, Soeren Mattke, David Somekh, Helena Silfverhielm, Elliot Goldner, Gyles Glover, Jane Pirkis, Jan Mainz, and Jeffrey A. Chan
Quality indicators for international benchmarking of mental health care
Int J Qual Health Care 2006 18: 31-38;
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Ulla M. Idänpään-Heikkilä, Laura Lambie, Soeren Mattke, Vin McLaughlin, Heather Palmer, and Jack V. Tu
Selecting indicators for the quality of cardiac care at the health system level in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries
Int J Qual Health Care 2006 18: 39-44;
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Edward T. kelley, Irma Arispe, and Julia Holmes
Beyond the initial indicators: lessons from the OECD Health Care Quality Indicators Project and the US National Healthcare Quality Report
Int J Qual Health Care 2006 18: 45-51;
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Cross sectional study of performance indicators for English Primary Care Trusts

testing construct validity and identifying explanatory variables
Celia Brown and Richard Lilford
BMC Health Services Research 2006, 6:81

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Correlates of health and healthcare performance: applying the Canadian health indicators framework at the provincial-territorial level

OA Arah and GP Westert
BMC Health Services Research 2005, 5:76

Abstract Full text PDF

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Raising the Bar for Quality

4th Australasian Conference on Safety & Quality in Health Care

21-23 August 2006 Melbourne, Australia

Conference presentations (PDF versions) are available.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Assessment of the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization Program

W. Rollow, T. R. Lied, P. McGann, J. Poyer, L. LaVoie, R. T. Kambic, D. W. Bratzler, A. Ma, E. D. Huff and L. D. Ramunno
Ann Intern Med 2006; 342-353.

Abstract Full Text PDF


Enhancing the Potential of Quality Improvement Organizations To Improve Quality of Care
S. M. Shortell and W. A. Peck
Ann Intern Med 2006; 388-389.

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Improving the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization Program

Response to the Institute of Medicine Study

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael O. Leavitt released a report to Congress outlining his response to a March 9, 2006 study from the Institute of Medicine, which called for maximizing the potential of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program.

report (pdf)

Friday, September 08, 2006

Flexible random-effects models using Bayesian semi-parametric models: applications to institutional comparisons

D. I. Ohlssen, L. D. Sharples, D. J. Spiegelhalter

Published Online: 11 Aug 2006 DOI: 10.1002
Abstract PDF (Size: 332K)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

MCHP - Profiling Primary Care Practice in Manitoba

Frohlich N, Katz A, De Coster C, Dik N, Soodeen R, Watson D, Bogdanovic B.
Winnipeg, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP), August 2006.

This report present a new methodolgy designed to compare family practices in Manitoba. Five measures cover three main aspects of family practice: type of care (1 indicator), volume (2 indicators) and quality (2 indicators).

Download the full report
Download the summary

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

ICHI - International Compendium of Health Indicators

This website is for everyone interested in health indicators. ICHI is the collection of health indicators used by the international organisations WHO-Europe, OECD and the European Commission.

The website allows the direct comparison of indicators and indicator definitions, and gives a full account of the ECHI indicator list proposed in the EU Public health Programme.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

WHO - World Health Statistics 2006

World Health Statistics 2006 presents the most recent statistics since 1997 of 50 health indicators for WHO’s 192 Member States.

This second edition of World Health Statistics includes an expanded set of statistics, with a particular focus on equity between and within countries.

It also introduces a section with 10 highlights in global health statistics for the past year.

:: Query the database online
:: Download the document and tables
:: View the ten global health highlights
:: Review the indicator definitions and metadata

Monday, September 04, 2006

Special Eurobarometer on Medical Errors

The European Commission carry out the first analysis based on citizens’ perception of medical errors and use the results as a starting point for a more profound approach over the coming years.

This survey deals with the following themes:
• General perception of medical errors
• Experiences of medical errors: familiarity with the topic and concrete experiences
• Practical implications: trust in health care professionals and hospital treatment

This report presents the principal results obtained. Medical errors Eurobarometer 64.1 , 2006

Friday, September 01, 2006

EUROCHIP 2 - European Cancer Health Indicator Project (Phase 2) 2nd interim report

EUROCHIP-2 focuses on fighting inequalities in cancer. Its aim is to improve information and knowledge on cancer. It will add value to each country’s and all Europe’s action through data comparison.

The international group of experts engaged by EUROCHIP-2 is liaising with networks, international agencies, institutions, ministries of health and medical association to thus promote actions, with the aim to improve data collection, data analysis, and results dissemination.

2nd Interim report, June 2006, pdf (800 KB)