Thursday, November 30, 2006

Redirecting Patients to Improve Stroke Outcomes

Implications of a Volume-Based Approach in One Urban Market.
Votruba, Mark E. ; Cebul, Randall D.
Medical Care. 44(12):1129-1136, December 2006.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Effects of Patient Volume on the Quality of Diabetic Care for Medicare Beneficiaries.

Holmboe, Eric S. , Wang, Yun , Tate, Janet P. , Meehan, Thomas P.
Medical Care. 44(12):1073-1077, December 2006.

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Effect of Quality Improvement Organization Activities on Outpatient Diabetes Care in Eastern New York State.

Wu, Winfred Y. , Chen, John J. , Shih, Anthony
Medical Care. 44(12):1142-1147, December 2006.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Can the Quality of Care in Family Practice Be Measured Using Administrative Data?

Alan Katz, Ruth-Ann Soodeen, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Carolyn De Coster, Dan Chateau
Health Services Research 2006 41:6 2238

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Monday, November 27, 2006

The 100,000 Lives Campaign: A Scientific and Policy Review

Wachter, Robert M.; Pronovost, Peter J.
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Volume 32, Number 11, November 2006, pp. 621-627

IHI Replies to "The 100,000 Lives Campaign: A Scientific and Policy Review"
Berwick, Donald M.; Hackbarth, Andrew D.; McCannon, C. Joseph
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Volume 32, Number 11, November 2006, pp. 628-633

Friday, November 24, 2006

CHSFR - Evaluation of Patient Safety and Nurse Staffing

This study from the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) was a synthesis of the best available evidence and provision of policy recommendations in the area of nurse staffing and patient safety.

The results of the synthesis indicate a significant relationship between nurse staffing and patient safety.

Evidence also shows there are moderating factors, such as nurse characteristics and organizational factors, which influence the relationship between nurse staffing and patient safety.

The findings also demonstrate the importance of linking the implementation of good nurse staffing initiatives with effective leadership and management concepts.


see also

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Quality of care for hypertension in the United States

Asch SM, McGlynn EA, Hiatt L, Adams J, Hicks J, DeCristofaro A, Chen R, LaPuerta P, Kerr EA.
BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2005 Jan 7;5(1):1.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Funnel plots, performance variation and the Myocardial Infarction National Audit Project 2003-2004.

Christopher P Gale , Anthony P Roberts , Phil D Batin and Alistair S Hall
BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2006, 6:34

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Potentially Inappropriate Medication Prescribing for Elderly Outpatients in Emilia Romagna, Italy

A Population-Based Cohort Study
Maio V, Yuen EJ, Novielli K, Smith KD, Louis DZ.
Drugs Aging. 2006;23(11):915-924.


Potentially inappropriate medication use in elderly patients receiving home health care

a retrospective data analysis.
Cannon KT, Choi MM, Zuniga MA.
Am J Geriatr Pharmacother. 2006 Jun;4(2):134-43.

Abstract PDF (788 K)

Thursday, November 16, 2006

World Alliance for Patient Safety: Forward Programme 2006-2007

World Health Organization 2006

table of contents

1 Global Patient Safety Challenge
2 The wisdom of patients - Patients for Patient Safety
3 Information for action - Reporting and Learning
4 More than words - Classification
5 Knowledge is the enemy of unsafe care - Research
6 Safety solutions
7 Safety in action
8 Technology for patient safety
9 International partnership for care of acutely ill patients
10 Patient Safety knowledge at your fingertips
11 Governance and programme support

full text pdf

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Adverse outcomes in surgical patients: implementation of a nationwide reporting system

Marang-van de Mheen, PJ; Stadlander, MC; Kievit, J
Quality & Safety In Health Care, 15 (5): 320-324;

[Abstract] [Full text] [PDF]

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Measurement in a Multi-Ethnic Society.

A special issue of Medical Care focus on measurement in a multi-ethnic society.

Medical Care November 2006, Volume 44, Issue 11 Suppl 3

issue contents

Monday, November 13, 2006

NHS - performance ratings 2005/2006

The Healthcare Commission annual health check includes an assessment of NHS trusts against 24 core standards covering areas such as safety, waiting times, cleanliness and patient focus.

Forty nine percent were assessed as having ‘fully met’ the standards. Overall, 81% of trusts met at least 90% of the standards.

Annual health check

press conference

Friday, November 10, 2006

Quality of Diagnosis and Procedure Coding in ICD-10 Administrative Data.

Henderson, Toni; Shepheard, Jennie; Sundararajan, Vijaya
Medical Care. 44(11):1011-1019, November 2006.

Abstract HTML PDF (312 K)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

NHS - State of healthcare 2006

The Healthcare Commission report independently on the state of healthcare services in England and Wales.

The report shows that patients are seeing real improvements but highlights four areas where further action is needed:

- the delivery of healthcare services that are even more focused on the needs of patients
- care for people who are least able to look after themselves
- the prevention of illness, and the reduction of
inequalities in health

- safety

full text report (pdf)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Experience of wrong site surgery and surgical marking practices among clinicians in the UK

Sally J Giles, Penny Rhodes, Gill Clements, Gary A Cook, Ruth Hayton, Melanie J Maxwell, Trevor A Sheldon, and John Wright
Qual Saf Health Care 2006; 15: 363-368.

[Abstract] [Full text] [PDF]

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Validation of the Potentially Avoidable Hospital Readmission Rate as a Routine Indicator of the Quality of Hospital Care.

Patricia Halfon; Yves Eggli; Isaline PrĂȘtre-Rohrbach; Danielle Meylan; Alfio Marazzi; Bernard Burnand
Medical Care. 44(11):972-981, November 2006.

Abstract HTML PDF (385 K)

Monday, November 06, 2006


The Department of Defense (DoD) Patient Safety Program, in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed TeamSTEPPS a Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety.

TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and other teamwork skills among healthcare professionals.

TeamSTEPPS includes a comprehensive suite of ready-to-use materials and training curricula necessary to successfully integrate teamwork principles into all areas of healthcare system.

Press Release

Friday, November 03, 2006

Internet-Based Chronic Disease Self-Management: A Randomized Trial.

Kate R. Lorig; Philip L. Ritter; Diana D. Laurent; Kathryn Plant
Medical Care. 44(11):964-971, November 2006

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The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: Extending Reach through the Internet.
Ben S. Gerber
Medical Care. 44(11):961, November 2006.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Paying for Performance — Risks and Recommendations

Fisher, Elliott S.
N Engl J Med 2006 355: 1845-1847

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Pay for Performance in Commercial HMOs

Rosenthal, Meredith B., Landon, Bruce E., Normand, Sharon-Lise T., Frank, Richard G., Epstein, Arnold M.
N Engl J Med 2006 355: 1895-1902

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