Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Assessing the Validity of National Quality Measures for Coronary Artery Disease Using an Electronic Health Record

Stephen D. Persell; Jennifer M. Wright; Jason A. Thompson; Karen S. Kmetik; David W. Baker
Arch Intern Med. 2006;166:2272-2277.

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Planning and Studying Improvement in Patient Care: The Use of Theoretical Perspectives

Richard P.T.M. Grol, Marije C. Bosch, Marlies E.J.L. Hulscher, Martin P. Eccles, Michel Wensing
The Milbank Quarterly (2007) 85 (1), 93–138.

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SA HealthPlus: A Controlled Trial of a Statewide Application of a Generic Model of Chronic Illness Care

Malcolm Battersby, Peter Harvey, P. David Mills, Elizabeth Kalucy, R.G. Pols, Peter A. Frith, Peter Mcdonald, Adrian Esterman, George Tsourtos, Ronald Donato, Rodney Pearce, Christopher Mcgowan
The Milbank Quarterly (2007) 85 (1), 37–67.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

RAND - Evaluation of the Use of ARHQ and Other Quality Indicators

RAND Corporation was asked to conduct a one-year evaluation to assess user experiences with the AHRQ QIs and to identify users of other quality indicators, vendors of quality measurement products using the AHRQ QIs, and developers of quality indicators comparable to the AHRQ QIs.


The results of this study are intended to inform decisions by AHRQ on future priorities for the QI program. This report has three main objectives:


  1. Provide an overview of the market for the AHRQ QIs as well as indicators and quality measurement tools developed by other organizations that are similar to the AHRQ QIs or that incorporate the AHRQ QIs.
  2. Provide an overview of the range of ways in which the AHRQ QIs are used by various organizations.
  3. Assess the market demand for the AHRQ QIs, identify unmet needs, and discuss implications for future activities by AHRQ.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Importance of Population-Based Performance Measures

Editorial
Joseph S. Ross M.D., M.H.S., Albert L. Siu M.D., M.S.P.H.
(2007) Health Services Research 42 (1p1), 1–6.
Summary Full Text HTML Full Text PDF (69 KB)


"Beyond Our Walls: Impact of Patient and Provider Coordination across the Continuum on Outcomes from Surgical Patients."
Weinberg, D. B., J. H. Gittell, R. W. Lusenhop, C. M. Kautz, and J. Wright.
2007. Health Services Research 42 (1, Part I): 7–24.
Abstract Full Text HTML Full Text PDF (136 KB)


"Impact of the Medicare Short Stay Transfer Policy on Patients undergoing Major Orthopedic Surgery."
Fitzgerald, J. D., W. J. Boscardin, B. H. Hahn, and S. L. Ettner.
2007. Health Services Research 42 (1, Part I): 25–44.
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"Does Ambulatory Process of Care Predict Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes for Patients with Chronic Disease?"
Kahn, K. L., D. M. Tisnado, J. L. Adams, H. Liu, W.-P. Chen, F. A. Hu, C. M. Mangione, R. D. Hays, and C. L. Damberg.
2007. Health Services Research 42 (1, Part I): 63–83.
Abstract Full Text HTML Full Text PDF (143 KB)


"Assigning Ambulatory Patients and Their Physicians to Hospitals: A Method for Obtaining Population-Based Provider Performance Measurements."
Bynum, J. P. W., E. Bernal-Delgado, D. Gottlieb, and E. Fisher.
2007. Health Services Research 42 (1, Part I): 45–62.
Abstract Full Text HTML Full Text PDF (124 KB) Supplementary material

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Automated Review of Electronic Health Records to Assess Quality of Care for Outpatients with Heart Failure

D. W. Baker, S. D. Persell, J. A. Thompson, N. S. Soman, K. M. Burgner, D. Liss and K. S. Kmetik
Ann Intern Med 2007; 270-277.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

NHS - National electronic Library of Infection (NeLI)


www.neli.org.uk

The National electronic Library of Infection (NeLI) is a digital library from the UK NHS bringing together the best available on-line evidence-based, quality-tagged resources on the investigation, treatment, prevention and control of infectious disease.

NeLI is part of the National Library for Health (NLH) Specialist Libraries: a collections of clinical and non-clinical resources within speciality themes.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Surgeon Information Transfer and Communication: Factors Affecting Quality and Efficiency of Inpatient Care.

Williams, Reed G. ; Silverman, Ross JD; Schwind, Cathy ; Fortune, John B. ; Sutyak, John ; Horvath, Karen D. ; Van Eaton, Erik G. ; Azzie, Georges ; Potts, John R. III ; Boehler, Margaret ; Dunnington, Gary L.
Annals of Surgery. 245(2):159-169
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Editorials

Communication Strategies From High-reliability Organizations: Translation is Hard Work.
Patterson, Emily S.
Annals of Surgery. 245(2):170-172
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Communication, Teams, and Medical Mistakes.
Donald W. Moorman
Annals of Surgery. 245(2):173-175
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Thursday, February 15, 2007

What is "quality improvement" and how can it transform healthcare?

Paul B Batalden and Frank Davidoff
Qual Saf Health Care 2007; 16: 2-3.
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Quality improvement research: are randomised trials necessary?

D Neuhauser and M Diaz
Qual Saf Health Care 2007; 16: 77-80.
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Assessing system failures in operating rooms and intensive care units

M van Beuzekom, S P Akerboom, and F Boer
Qual Saf Health Care 2007; 16: 45-50.
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Hospital staff should use more than one method to detect adverse events and potential adverse events: incident reporting, pharmacist surveillance and

Sisse Olsen, Graham Neale, Kat Schwab, Beth Psaila, Tejal Patel, E Jane Chapman, and Charles Vincent
Qual Saf Health Care 2007; 16: 40-44.
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Insufficient communication about medication use at the interface between hospital and primary care

Bente Glintborg, Stig Ejdrup Andersen, and Kim Dalhoff
Qual Saf Health Care 2007; 16: 34-39.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Assessing the Accuracy of Hospital Clinical Performance Measures

Sharon-Lise T. Normand, Robert E. Wolf, John Z. Ayanian, and Barbara J. McNeil
Med Decis Making 2007 27: 9-20.
[Abstract] [PDF]

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Assigning Ambulatory Patients and Their Physicians to Hospitals: A Method for Obtaining Population-Based Provider Performance Measurements

Julie P. W. Bynum, Enrique Bernal-Delgado, Daniel Gottlieb, Elliott Fisher
Health Services Research 42 (1p1), 45–62.
Abstract Full Text HTML Full Text PDF (124 KB) Supplementary material


Editorial

The Importance of Population-Based Performance Measures
Joseph S. Ross , Albert L. Siu
Health Services Research 42 (1p1), 1–6.
Summary Full Text HTML Full Text PDF (69 KB)

Friday, February 09, 2007

Beyond Our Walls: Impact of Patient and Provider Coordination across the Continuum on Outcomes for Surgical Patients

Dana Beth Weinberg, Jody Hoffer Gittell, R. William Lusenhop, Cori M. Kautz, John Wright
Health Services Research 42 (1p1), 7–24.

Abstract Full Text HTML Full Text PDF (136 KB)

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Comparison of Methodologies for Calculating Quality Measures Based on Administrative Data versus Clinical Data from an Electronic Health Record System

Implications for Performance Measures
Paul C. Tang, Mary Ralston, Michelle Fernandez Arrigotti, Lubna Qureshi, and Justin Graham
J. Am. Med. Inform. Assoc. 14: 10-15.
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Improving the quality of patient care using reliability measures: A classification tree approach

Graham, PL; Kuhnert, PM; Cook, DA; Mengersen, K
STATISTICS IN MEDICINE, 26 (1): 184-196; JAN 15 2007

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Performance Measurement in Healthcare:

Part I - Concepts and Trends from a State of the Science Review
Carol E. Adair, Elizabeth Simpson, Ann L. Casebeer, Judith M. Birdsell, Katharine A. Hayden, Steven Lewis
Healthcare Policy / Politiques de Santé, 1(4) 2006: 85-104

Part II - State of the Science Findings by Stage of the Performance Measurement Process
Carol E. Adair, Elizabeth Simpson, Ann L. Casebeer, Judith M. Birdsell, Katharine A. Hayden, Steven Lewis
Healthcare Policy / Politiques de Santé, 2(1) 2006: 56-78

Monday, February 05, 2007

Medicare Payment For Selected Adverse Events: Building The Business Case For Investing In Patient Safety

Chunliu Zhan, Bernard Friedman, Andrew Mosso, and Peter Pronovost
Health Affairs, September/October 2006; 25(5): 1386-1393.

[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Friday, February 02, 2007

Closing The Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies: Volume 6—Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections

In this report the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) systematically review the evidence supporting quality improvement strategies to reduce the incidence of key healthcare-associated infections (surgical site infections (SSI), central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), and catheterassociated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)).


Evidence Report (Publication No. 04(07)-0051-6): (PDF File, 785 KB)

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Public Reporting and Pay for Performance in Hospital Quality Improvement

Lindenauer, Peter K., Remus, Denise, Roman, Sheila, Rothberg, Michael B., Benjamin, Evan M., Ma, Allen, Bratzler, Dale W.
N Engl J Med 2007 356: 486-496
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Editorial

Pay for Performance at the Tipping Point
A. M. Epstein
N Engl J Med 2007 356: 515-517
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