Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Quality of Care of Children in the Emergency Department: Association with Hospital Setting and Physician Training.

Dharmar M, Marcin JP, Romano PS, Andrada ER, Overly F, Valente JH, Harvey DJ, Cole SL, Kuppermann N.
J Pediatr. 2008 Jul 10.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tracking quality over time: what do pressure ulcer data show?

Lena Gunningberg and Nancy A. Stotts
Int J Qual Health Care 2008 20: 246-253;
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Monday, July 28, 2008

WHO - Assuring the quality of health care in the European Union

A case for action

This book from the World Health Organization, on behalf of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, examines the systems that have been put in place in all of the European Union’s 27 Member States to ensure high quality care


Friday, July 25, 2008

Identifying Persons with Treated Asthma Using Administrative Data via Latent Class Modelling

Robert J. Prosser, Bruce C. Carleton, M. Anne Smith
Health Services Research Volume 43 Issue 2, Pages 733 - 754
Abstract References Full Text: HTML, PDF (Size: 143K) Supporting information

Thursday, July 24, 2008

WHO - Guidance on developing quality and safety strategies

The aim of this guidance from the WHO Regional Office for Europe is to help national policy advisers and policy makers to create and implement a national quality strategy, drawing attention to the need for sustainable longer term public health measures.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Exploratory Analyses of the "Failure to Rescue" Measure

Evaluation Through Medical Record Review.
AkkeNeel Talsma; Vinita Bahl; Darrell A. Campbell
Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 23(3):202-210, July/September 2008.
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Failure to Rescue: A Preliminary Study of Patient-Level Factors.
Kathleen L. Bobay, Karen L. Fiorelli, Alfred J. Anderson
Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 23(3):211-215, July/September 2008.
Abstract HTML PDF (69 K)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Effectiveness of Root Cause Analysis: What Does the Literature Tell Us?

Percarpio, Katherine B.; Watts, B. Vince; Weeks, William B.
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Volume 34, Number 7, July 2008 , pp. 391-398(8)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Using nurses and office staff to report prescribing errors in primary care

Amanda G. Kennedy, Benjamin Littenberg, and John W. Senders
Int J Qual Health Care 2008 20: 238-245;
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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Exclusion of Patients from Pay-for-Performance Targets by English Physicians

Doran, Tim, Fullwood, Catherine, Reeves, David, Gravelle, Hugh, Roland, Martin
N Engl J Med 2008 359: 274-284
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Rationing of nursing care and its relationship to patient outcomes

the Swiss extension of the International Hospital Outcomes Study
Maria Schubert, Tracy R. Glass, Sean P. Clarke, Linda H. Aiken, Bianca Schaffert-Witvliet, Douglas M. Sloane, and Sabina De Geest
Int J Qual Health Care 2008 20: 227-237;
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Hospital Quality: A PRIDIT Approach

Robert D. Lieberthal
Health Services Research Volume 43 Issue 3, Pages 988 - 1005
Abstract References Full Text: HTML, PDF

Monday, July 14, 2008

Improving the Translation of Research into Primary Care Practice

Results of a National Quality Improvement Demonstration Project
Ornstein, Steven; Nietert, Paul J.; Jenkins, Ruth G.; Wessell, Andrea M.; Nemeth, Lynne S.; Rose, Heather L.
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Volume 34, Number 7, July 2008 , pp. 379-390(12)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Are Patient Safety Indicators related to widely used measures of hospital quality?

gqlqvIsaac T, Jha AK.
J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Jun 24; [Epub ahead of print].

The Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) Toolkit

TCAB toolkit focus on engaging frontline staff and unit managers so that transforming the way care is delivered on medical/surgical units come not from the executive suite or a quality improvement department, but from the nurses and other care team members who spend the most time with patients.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Health Policy and Public Trust

Robert H. Brook
JAMA. 2008;300(2):211-213.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Electronic Health Records in Ambulatory Care -- A National Survey of Physicians

DesRoches, Catherine M., Campbell, Eric G., Rao, Sowmya R., Donelan, Karen, Ferris, Timothy G., Jha, Ashish, Kaushal, Rainu, Levy, Douglas E., Rosenbaum, Sara, Shields, Alexandra E., Blumenthal, David
N Engl J Med 2008 359: 50-60
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The Impact Of Pay-For-Performance On Health Care Quality In Massachusetts, 2001–2003

Steven D. Pearson, Eric C. Schneider, Ken P. Kleinman, Kathryn L. Coltin, and Janice A. Singer
Health Affairs, 27, no. 4 (2008): 1167-1176
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] [Technical Appendix]

Friday, July 04, 2008

WHO - Workshop on performance assessment for health systems improvement

First day of WHO European Ministerial Conference on Health Systems: “Health Systems, Health and Wealth” was dedicated to performance assessment for health systems improvement.

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

WHO - Safe Surgery Saves Lives

The aims of the World Alliance for Patient Safety second Global Patient Safety Challenge is to improve the safety of surgical care around the world.

The "Safe Surgery Saves Lives" initiative is a collaborative effort to reduce avoidable deaths and complications in surgical care.

The WHO surgical safety checklist identifies a set of surgical safety standards that can be applied in all countries and health settings.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Workarounds to Barcode Medication Administration Systems

Their Occurrences, Causes, and Threats to Patient Safety
Ross Koppel, Tosha Wetterneck, Joel Leon Telles, and Ben-Tzion Karsh
J Am Med Inform Assoc 2008; 15: 408-423.
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