Saturday, June 28, 2008

Evidence for the impact of quality improvement collaboratives: systematic review

Loes M T Schouten, Marlies E J L Hulscher, Jannes J E van Everdingen, Robbert Huijsman, Richard P T M Grol
BMJ 2008;336:1491-1494
[Abstract] [Abridged PDF] [Full text] [PDF] [extra: Web extras]


Effects of quality improvement collaboratives
Peter K Lindenauer
BMJ 2008;336:1448-1449
Extract] [Full text] [PDF]

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Paying the Piper: Investing in Infrastructure for Patient Safety

Pronovost, Peter J.; Rosenstein, Beryl J.; Paine, Lori; Miller, Marlene R.; Haller, Karen; Davis, Richard; Demski, Renee; Garrett, Margaret R.
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Volume 34, Number 6, June 2008 , pp. 342-348(7)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Communicating, Coordinating, and Cooperating When Lives Depend on It: Tips for Teamwork

Salas, Eduardo; Wilson, Katherine A.; Murphy, Carrie E.; King, Heidi; Salisbury, Mary
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Volume 34, Number 6, June 2008 , pp. 333-341(9)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Comparisons of Health Plan Quality: Does the Sampling Strategy Affect the Results?

L Elizabeth Goldman ; Arpita Chattopadhyay; Andrew B. Bindman

Medical Care. 46(7):752-757, July 2008.
Abstract HTML PDF (229 K)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Personal Quality Improvement and Individualized Health Process Control: An Update.

Quality Management in Health Care. 17(2):186-188, April/June 2008.
Neuhauser, Duncan
Abstract HTML PDF (56 K)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Are Performance Measures Based on Automated Medical Records Valid for Physician/Practice Profiling of Asthma Care?

Anne Fuhlbrigge, MD, MS; Vincent J. Carey, PhD; Jonathan A. Finkelstein, MD, MPH; Paula Lozano, MD, MPH; Thomas S. Inui, ScM, MD; Kevin B. Weiss, MD
Medical Care. 46(6):620-626, June 2008.
Abstract HTML PDF (297 K)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A Parametric Control Chart Adjustment for Handling Serial Dependence in Health Care Quality Data.

Quality Management in Health Care. 17(2):154-161, April/June 2008.
Madan, Alok; Borckardt, Jeffrey J. ; Nash, Michael R.
Abstract HTML PDF (588 K)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

How Work Context Shapes Physician Approach to Safety and Error.

Hoff, Timothy J.
Quality Management in Health Care. 17(2):140-153, April/June 2008.
Abstract HTML PDF (102 K)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Will Mandated Minimum Nurse Staffing Ratios Lead to Better Patient Outcomes?

Julie Sochalski, R Tamara Konetzka, Jingsan Zhu, Kevin Volpp
Medical Care. 46(6):606-613, June 2008.
Abstract HTML PDF

Monday, June 16, 2008

AHRQ - Resources on System Design

A valuable collection research, resources, and tools on system design developed with support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Friday, June 13, 2008

AHRQ - Care Coordination

Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies: Volume 7—Care Coordination
Technical Review (Publication No. 04(07)-0051-7):

The objectives of this report from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) were to develop a working definition of care coordination, apply it to a review of systematic reviews, and identify theoretical frameworks that
might predict or explain how care coordination mechanisms are influenced by factors in the health care setting and how they relate to patient outcomes and health care costs.


Thursday, June 12, 2008

SBAR: Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation

The SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) technique developed by Kaiser Permanente and Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) provides a framework for communication between members of the health care team about a patient's condition.

Guidelines for Communicating with Physicians Using the SBAR Process (PDF)

SBAR report to physician about a critical situation worksheet (PDF)

see also:

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

AHRQ - Improving Healthcare, Improving Lives

Presentations from AHRQ’s first annual conference, September 26-28, 2007 are available here:

Conference themes:

  • Data Sharing, Health Care Reporting, and the Public Trust
  • Medication Management and Safety
  • Strategies and Tools for Quality/Safety Improvement
  • Value and Sustainability in Health IT
  • Improving Health Care Decision Making
  • System Design and Organizational Change

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

AHRQ - A Toolkit for Redesign in Health Care
This toolkit prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) by Denver Health presents strategies for comprehensively redesigning and transforming processes of care in a hospital.

PDF File

Monday, June 09, 2008

Health Care Efficiency Measures: Identification, Categorization, and Evaluation.

AHRQ Publication No. 08-0030, April 2008, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

This report from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) presents a comprehensive review of the evidence on efficiency measurement.

PDF File,

Friday, June 06, 2008

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Gao Report – Health Care associated Infections In Hospitals

Leadership Needed from HHS to Prioritize Prevention Practices and Improve Data on These Infections

GAO report

Public, Private Insurers Refusing to Pay Hospitals for Costs of Avoidable Errors
Mike Mitka
JAMA. 2008;299(21):2495-2496.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Comparative indicators for cancer network management in England: Availability, characteristics and presentation

Mark McCarthy, Arturo Gonzalez-Izquierdo, Chris Sherlaw-Johnson, Artak Khachatryan, Michel P Coleman, and Bernard Rachet
BMC Health Serv Res. 2008; 8: 45.

Measuring and explaining mortality in Dutch hospitals

The Hospital Standardized Mortality Rate between 2003 and 2005
Richard Heijink, Xander Koolman, Daniel Pieter, André van der Veen, Brian Jarman, and Gert Westert
BMC Health Serv Res. 2008; 8: 73.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Radar plots: a useful way for presenting multivariate health care data

M. Joan Saary
Journal of Clinical Epidemiology Volume 61, Issue 4, Pages311-317
Abstract | Full Text | Full-Text PDF (348 KB)