Monday, March 31, 2008

When Things Go Wrong: The Impact of Being a Statistical Outlier in Publicly Reported Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery Mortality Data

Ettinger, Walter H., Hylka, Sharon M., Phillips, Robert A., Harrison, Lynn H., Jr, Cyr, Jay A., Sussman, Andrew J.
American Journal of Medical Quality 2008 23: 90-95
[Abstract] [PDF] [References]

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Feasibility and Value of New Measures Showing Patterns of Quality for Patients With 3 Chronic Conditions.

Stephen M. Davidson, Michael Shwartz, Randall S. Stafford
Journal of Ambulatory Care Management 31(1):37-51, January/March 2008.
Abstract HTML PDF (176 K) - see also

Thursday, March 27, 2008

AHRQ - 2007 State Snapshots

State-by-State Health Care Performance

The State Snapshots provide State-specific health care quality information, including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement.

Press Release

Update: HHS Reverses Decision to Halt Quality Improvement Study

Bridget M. Kuehn
JAMA. 2008;299(12):1416.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

An application of mixture distributions in modelization of length of hospital stay

N. Atienza, J. García-Heras, J. M. Muñoz-Pichardo, R. Villa
Statistics in Medicine Volume 27, Issue 9 , Pages 1403 - 1420
Abstract PDF

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A comparison of methods for combining quality and efficiency performance measures

Profiling the value of hospital care following acute myocardial infarction
Justin W. Timbie, Sharon-Lise T. Normand
Statistics in Medicine Volume 27, Issue 9 , Pages 1351 - 1370
Abstract PDF

Monday, March 24, 2008

"America's Best Hospitals" in the Treatment of Acute Myocardial Infarction

Oliver J. Wang; Yun Wang; Judith H. Lichtman; Elizabeth H. Bradley; Sharon-Lise T. Normand; Harlan M. Krumholz
Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:1345-1351.


Identifying High-Quality Hospitals: Consult the Ratings or Flip a Coin?
Sean Michael O’Brien; Eric D. Peterson
Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:1342-1344.

Friday, March 21, 2008

AHRQ - Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture

Based on data from nearly 400 U.S. hospitals, the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2008 Comparative Database Report provides initial results that hospitals can use as benchmarks in establishing a culture of safety.

The report consists of a narrative description of the findings and two appendixes, presenting data by hospital characteristics and respondent characteristics.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Achievable Benchmarks of Care for Primary Care Quality Indicators in a Practice-Based Research Network

Wessell, Andrea M., Liszka, Heather A., Nietert, Paul J., Jenkins, Ruth G., Nemeth, Lynne S., Ornstein, Steven
American Journal of Medical Quality 2008 23: 39-46
[Abstract] [PDF] [References]

Electronic Health Record Use and the Quality of Ambulatory Care in the United States

Jeffrey A. Linder; Jun Ma; David W. Bates; Blackford Middleton; Randall S. Stafford
Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:1400-1405.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

AHRQ - 2007 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports

For the fifth year, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR).
These reports measure trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care.

Monday, March 17, 2008

AHRQ - Release of the Quality Indicators Version 3.2

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces the release of the AHRQ Quality Indicator Version 3.2 for the Prevention Quality Indicators (PQI), Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQI), Patient Safety Indicators (PSI), and Pediatric uality Indicator (PedQI) modules.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Case volume and hospital compliance with evidence-based processes of care

Scott C. Williams , Richard G. Koss , David J. Morton , Stephen P. Schmaltz , and Jerod M. Loeb
International Journal for Quality in Health Care 2008 20(2):79-87.
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Evaluating compulsory minimum volume standards in Germany: how many hospitals were compliant in 2004?

Werner de Cruppé , Christian Ohmann , Karl Blum and Max Geraedts
BMC Health Services Research 2007, 7:165
Abstract Full text PDF (283KB)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Reducing Hospitalizations From Long-Term Care Settings

R. Tamara Konetzka, William Spector, and M. Rhona Limcangco
Med Care Res Rev 2008 65: 40-66.
[Abstract] [PDF] [References]

Predictors of Nursing Home Hospitalization: A Review of the Literature

David C. Grabowski, Kate A. Stewart, Suzanne M. Broderick, and Laura A. Coots Med Care Res Rev 2008 65: 3-39.
[Abstract] [PDF] [References]

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Science of Improvement

Donald M. Berwick
JAMA. 2008;299(10):1182-1184.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Using patient safety indicators to estimate the impact of potential adverse events on outcomes.

Rivard PE, Luther SL, Christiansen CL, Shibei Zhao, Loveland S, Elixhauser A, Romano PS, Rosen AK.
Med Care Res Rev. 2008 Feb;65(1):67-87.
[Abstract] [PDF] [References]

The occurrence of potential patient safety events among trauma patients: are they random?

Chang DC, Handly N, Abdullah F, Efron DT, Haut ER, Haider AH, Pronovost PJ, Cornwell EE.
Ann Surg. 2008 Feb;247(2):327-34.
Abstract HTML PDF (349 K)

Monday, March 10, 2008

Patients’ knowledge of drug treatments afterhospitalisation: the key role of information

Micheli P, Kossovsky MP, Gerstel E, Louis-Simonet M, Sigaud P, Perneger TV, Gaspoz JM.
Swiss Med Wkly 2007;137:614–620
abstract pdf

Extending the use of DRGs to estimate mean Home-Care cost by employing an adapted ASTM E2369-05 Continuity of Care Record.

Spyropoulos B, Botsivaly M, Tzavaras A, Koutsourakis K.
Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2006;1:5210-3.
Abstract PDF

Friday, March 07, 2008

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Performance Measurement in the Small Office Practice

Challenges and Potential Solutions
B. E. Landon and S.-L. T. Normand
Ann Intern Med 2008; 353-357.
Abstract Full Text PDF

DHHS Halts Quality Improvement Study

Policy May Hamper Tests of Methods to Improve Care
Bridget M. Kuehn
JAMA. 2008;299(9):1005-1006.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Assessing the Quality of Transitional Care: Further Applications of the Care Transitions Measure.

Carla Parry, Eldon Mahoney, Sandra A. Chalmers, Eric A. Coleman
Medical Care. 46(3):317-322, March 2008.
Abstract HTML PDF (231 K)

Does Having a Regular Primary Care Clinician Improve Quality of Preventive Care for Young Children?

Moira Inkelas, Paul W. Newacheck, Lynn M. Olson, Barry Zuckerman, MD; Mark A. Schuster
Medical Care. 46(3):323-330, March 2008.
Abstract HTML PDF (296 K)

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Adverse outcomes after discharge: occurrence, treatment and determinants

P J Marang-van de Mheen, N van Duijn-Bakker, and J Kievit
Qual Saf Health Care 2008; 17: 47-52.
[Abstract] [Full text] [PDF]

Patient safety events reported in general practice: a taxonomy

M A B Makeham, S Stromer, C Bridges-Webb, M Mira, D C Saltman, C Cooper, and M R Kidd
Qual Saf Health Care 2008; 17: 53-57.
[Abstract] [Full text] [PDF]

Effective interventions and implementation strategies to reduce adverse drug events in the Veterans Affairs (VA) system

P D Mills, J Neily, L M Kinney, J Bagian, and W B Weeks
Qual Saf Health Care 2008; 17: 37-46.
[Abstract] [Full text] [PDF]

Monday, March 03, 2008

Risk-adjusting hospital inpatient mortality using automated inpatient, outpatient, and laboratory databases.

Gabriel J. Escobar, John D. Greene, Peter Scheirer, Marla N. Gardner, David Draper, Patricia Kipnis
Med Care. 2008;46:232-239.
Abstract HTML PDF (327 K)

Access to Clinically-Detailed Patient Information: A Fundamental Element for Improving the Efficiency and Quality of Healthcare.
Rodney A. Hayward
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