Friday, February 29, 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008


Adequacy of information transferred at resident sign-out (inhospital handover of care): a prospective survey
S M Borowitz, L A Waggoner-Fountain, E J Bass, and R M Sledd
Qual Saf Health Care 2008; 17: 6-10.
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A theoretical framework and competency-based approach to improving handoffs
V M Arora, J K Johnson, D O Meltzer, and H J Humphrey
Qual Saf Health Care 2008; 17: 11-14.
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Handovers and Debussy
D P StevensQual Saf Health Care 2008; 17: 2-3.
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Structuring flexibility: the potential good, bad and ugly in standardisation of handovers
E S Patterson
Qual Saf Health Care 2008; 17: 4-5.
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MedQIC - Quality Improvement Basics for Providers Presentation Series

web site

This web series from the Medicare Quality Improvement Community (MedQIC) is tailored for healthcare staff who are new to the quality improvement field or for those who are seeking to expand their knowledge.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

RAND - The Quality of Health Care for America's Children

Dr. Elizabeth McGlynn from the RAND Corporation presented research findings and recommendations related to the quality of pediatric health care in the United States.
Conference Proceeding Read More

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Principles for the Development and Use of Quality Measures

Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management and Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine
Pediatrics 2008; 121: 411-418.
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A consensus-established set of important indicators of pediatric emergency department performance.

Hung GR, Chalut D.
Pediatr Emerg Care. 2008 Jan;24(1):9-15.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Quality-Improvement Research and Informed Consent

Miller, Franklin G., Emanuel, Ezekiel J.
N Engl J Med 2008 358: 765-767

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Survival From In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest During Nights and Weekends

Mary Ann Peberdy; Joseph P. Ornato; G. Luke Larkin; R. Scott Braithwaite; T. Michael Kashner; Scott M. Carey; Peter A. Meaney; Liyi Cen; Vinay M. Nadkarni; Amy H. Praestgaard; Robert A. Berg; for the National Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Investigators
JAMA. 2008;299(7):785-792.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The multitasking clinician: Decision-making and cognitive demand during and after team handoffs in emergency care

Archana Laxmisan, Forogh Hakimzada, Osman R. Sayan, Robert A. Green, Jiajie Zhang, Vimla L. Patel
International Journal of Medical Informatics - Vol. 76, Issue 11, pages 801-811
Abstract Full Text Full-Text PDF (628 KB)

Towards a hybrid method to categorize interruptions and activities in healthcare

Juliana J. Brixey, David J. Robinson, Craig W. Johnson, Todd R. Johnson, James P. Turley, Vimla L. Patel, Jiajie Zhang
International Journal of Medical Informatics - Vol. 76, Issue 11, Pages 812-820
Abstract Full Text Full-Text PDF (580 KB)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Patient safety and quality improvement.

Federal Register.
February 12, 2008;73:8112-8183.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Payment for performance in health care

Russell Mannion, Huw T O Davies
BMJ 2008;336:306-308,

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Improving quality and safety of hospital care: a reappraisal and an agenda for clinically relevant reform

I. A. Scott, P. J. Poole, S. Jayathissa
Internal Medicine Journal (2008) 38 (1), 44–55.
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On the elusive grail of health-service quality
D. Gorman, J. Kolbe, K. Callaghan, J. Scott
Internal Medicine Journal (2008) 38 (1), 5–7.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Effectiveness and Efficiency of Root Cause Analysis in Medicine

Albert W. Wu; Angela K. M. Lipshutz; Peter J. Pronovost
JAMA. 2008;299(6):685-687.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Healthcare Commission - Learning from investigations

In this report the Healthcare Commission reviewed all investigations undertaken in England from August 2004 to April 2007 on serious failings in healthcare services.

The report highlighted the importance of good leadership, effective management and systematic use of information.

Web summary

Full report (pdf)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Cross-Sectional Versus Sequential Quality Indicators of Risk Factor Management in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes.

Jaco Voorham; Petra Denig; Bruce H. R. Wolffenbuttel; Flora M. Haaijer-Ruskamp
Medical Care. 46(2):133-141, February 2008.
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Friday, February 08, 2008

Dealing with complaints

Judith Cave, Jane Dacre
BMJ 2008;336:326-328
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Emma Cuzner
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Fiona Godlee
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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Using Knowledge of Multiple Levels of Variation in Care to Target Performance Incentives to Providers.

Marc N. Turenne; Richard A. Hirth; Qing Pan; Robert A. Wolfe; Joseph M. Messana; John R. C. Wheeler
Medical Care. 46(2):120-126, February 2008.
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Can Multi-Level Research Help Us Design Pay-for-Performance Programs?
Young, Gary J. JD, PhD
Medical Care. 46(2):109-111, February 2008.
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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

From Waste to Value in Health Care

Thomas F. Boat; Samantha M. Chao; Paul H. O’Neill
JAMA. 2008;299(5):568-571.


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

RAND - Evaluation of Severity-Adjusted DRG Systems

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asked the RAND Corporation to evaluate alternative systems that might be used by the PPS to classify discharges into severity-adjusted diagnosis-related groups. This interim report presents the preliminary results.

CMS proposed in the Fiscal Year 2008 (FY08) to adopt a different system (Medicare-Severity or MS-DRGs.
The addendum reports findings with respect how the MS-DRGs compare to the other severity-adjusted systems.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Use of the false discovery rate when comparing multiple health care providers.

Hayley E. Jones , David I. Ohlssen , David J. Spiegelhalter
J Clin Epidemiol. 2008 Mar;61(3):232-240.

Abstract Full Text Full-Text PDF (405 KB)

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Integrating the chronic-care model and the ACGME competencies

using shared medical appointments to focus on systems-based practice
S R Kirsh and D C Aron
Qual Saf Health Care 2008; 17: 15-19
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Communication gaps and readmissions to hospital for patients aged 75 years and older

observational study
E M A Witherington, O M Pirzada, and A J Avery
Qual Saf Health Care 2008; 17: 71-75.
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