Thursday, January 31, 2008

AHRQ - Assessing Quality of Care for Diabetes

This report prepared by investigators at the University of Michigan Health System for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) discusses recent improvements in the processes of diabetes care and the lack of corresponding improvements in risk factor control.

The ultimate goal of quality measurement in diabetes is to motivate quality improvement and decrease long-term diabetes complications.

full report (PDF File, 415 KB)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Improving Patient Safety by Taking Systems Seriously

Stephen M. Shortell; Sara J. Singer
JAMA. 2008;299(4):445-447.


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Impact of the Present-on-Admission Indicator on Hospital Quality Measurement

Experience With the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Inpatient Quality Indicators.
Laurent G. Glance; Turner M. Osler; Dana B. Mukamel; Andrew W. Dick
Medical Care. 46(2):112-119, February 2008.
Abstract HTML PDF (525 K)


Measuring Quality.
Ash, Arlene
Medical Care. 46(2):105-108, February 2008.
HTML PDF (151 K)

Identifying In-Hospital Venous Thromboembolism (VTE): A Comparison of Claims-Based Approaches With the Rochester Epidemiology Project VTE Cohort.

Medical Care. 46(2):127-132, February 2008.
Cynthia L. Leibson; Jack Needleman; Peter Buerhaus; John A. Heit; L Joseph Melton III; James M. Naessens; Kent R. Bailey; Tanya M. Petterson; Jeanine E. Ransom; Marcelline R. Harris
Abstract HTML PDF (230 K)

Monday, January 28, 2008

OECD - Improved Health System Performance Through Better Care Coordination

This new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) attempts to assess whether--and to what degree--better care coordination can improve health system performance in terms of quality and cost-efficiency.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Lost Opportunities: How Physicians Communicate About Medical Errors

Jane Garbutt, Amy D. Waterman, Julie M. Kapp, William Claiborne Dunagan, Wendy Levinson, Victoria Fraser, and Thomas H. Gallagher
Health Affairs, January/February 2008; 27(1): 246-255.

[Abstract] [Full Text] [Figures Only] [PDF]

Assessing Quality of Care: Knowledge Matters

Eric S. Holmboe; Rebecca Lipner; Ann Greiner
JAMA. 2008;299(3):338-340.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Proceedings from a symposium on nursing and patient safety

Nursing Research
January/February 2008, Volume 57, Issue 1 Supplement 1

Navigating the Perfect Storm: Balancing a Culture of Safety With Workforce Challenges.
Ada Sue Hinshaw
Abstract HTML PDF (252 K)

Nursing Practice and Work Environment Issues in the 21st Century: A Leadership Challenge.
Milisa Manojlovich; Jane Barnsteiner; Linda Burnes Bolton; Joanne Disch; Sanjay Saint
Abstract HTML PDF (82 K)

The Perfect Storm: Patient Safety and Nursing Shortages Within the Context of Health Policy and Evidence-Based Practice.
AkkeNeel Talsma; Patricia A. Grady; Suzanne Feetham; Jan Heinrich; Donald M. Steinwachs
Abstract HTML PDF (174 K)

Charting the Course for Patient Safety: Closing Comments.
Gloria Smith
Abstract HTML PDF (63 K)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Health Care Quality Indicators Project - 2006 data collection update report: A new OECD Health Working Paper

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released the Health Working Paper No. 29 from the Health Care Quality Indicators Project.

This report is an update to the OECD Health Working Paper No. 22, and reports on the results of a second round of data collection.
Data is presented on an augmented indicator set considered fit for the purpose of making international comparisons on quality of health care.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Systematic Review: The Evidence That Publishing Patient Care Performance Data Improves Quality of Care

C. H. Fung, Y.-W. Lim, S. Mattke, C. Damberg and P. G. Shekelle
Ann Intern Med 2008; 111-123.
Abstract Full Text PDF


What Can We Say about the Impact of Public Reporting? Inconsistent Execution Yields Variable Results
J. H. Hibbard
Ann Intern Med 2008; 160-161.
Full Text PDF

Monday, January 14, 2008

Evaluation of the Use of AHRQ and Other Quality Indicators

This report prepared by RAND Health assess the position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) quality indicators (QIs) in the quality indicator "market.

- Who is using the AHRQ QIs today, and for what purposes?

- What have users' experiences been, and what unmet needs do they still have?

- Who else is developing and/or distributing indicators similar to the AHRQ QIs?

- What has been the impact of the AHRQ QIs on the quality of care delivered to patients?

PDF File (670 KB)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Using control charts to monitor quality of hospital care with administrative data

Michael Coory, Stephen Duckett, and Kirstine Sketcher-Baker
Int J Qual Health Care 2008 20: 31-39
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Evidence for the Effect of Disease Management: Is $1 Billion a Year a Good Investment?

Soeren Mattke; Michael Seid; and Sai Ma
Am J Manag Care. 2007;13:670-676
Abstract : Full Text : PDF : Appendix
RAND News Release

Healthcare Commission Annual Report 2006/2007

State of Healthcare 2007

The Healthcare Commission released a new independent report on the state of healthcare in England and Wales.

The Commission makes six recommendations to the government and healthcare providers:

- improve the planning and commissioning of services;
- improve access outside the waiting time targets;
- promote a culture of safety more effectively;
- improve healthcare for children and young people;
- demonstrate more sensitivity to the needs of the individual;
- and use information better.

Download the State of Healthcare 2007 report (PDF 1510kb) (Opens new window)

Download the Welsh State of Healthcare 2007 report: Cyflwr Gofal Iechyd 2007 (PDF 1770kb) (Opens new window)

Press release

Find out about the state of healthcare in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Friday, January 04, 2008

Effects of study methodology on adverse outcome occurrence and mortality

Perla J. Marang-van de Mheen, Evert-Jan F. Hollander, and Job Kievit
Int J Qual Health Care 2007 19: 399-406
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Quality of Care and Mortality Among Patients With Stroke: A Nationwide Follow-up Study.

Ingeman, Annette; Pedersen, Lars; Hundborg, Heidi H.; Petersen, Palle; Zielke, Susanne ; Mainz, Jan; Bartels, Paul; Johnsen, Soren P.
Medical Care. 46(1):63-69, January 2008.
Abstract HTML PDF (262 K)

Hospital Variation in Use of Secondary Preventive Medicine After Discharge for First Acute Myocardial Infarction During 1995-2004.

Medical Care. 46(1):70-77, January 2008.
Rasmussen, Soren; Abildstrom, Steen Z.; Rasmussen, Jeppe N.; Gislason, Gunnar H.; Schramm, Tina K.; Folke, Fredrik; Kober, Lars ; Torp-Pedersen, Christian; Madsen, Mette
Abstract HTML PDF (314 K)

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Do Postoperative Complications Vary by Hospital Teaching Status?

Vartak, Smruti; Ward, Marcia M.; Vaughn, Thomas E.

Medical Care. 46(1):25-32, January 2008.

The Costs of Nosocomial Infections.

Kilgore, Meredith L. ; Ghosh, Kathakali ; Beavers, C Martin ; Wong, Daisy Y. ; Hymel, Patrick A., Brossette, Stephen E.
Medical Care. 46(1):101-104, January 2008.
Abstract HTML PDF (185 K)