Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Relationship of Primary Care Physicians' Patient Caseload With Measurement of Quality and Cost Performance

David J. Nyweide; William B. Weeks; Daniel J. Gottlieb; Lawrence P. Casalino; Elliott S. Fisher
JAMA. 2009;302(22):2444-2450.


Measuring Physicians' Quality and Performance: Adrift on Lake Wobegon
Donald M. Berwick
JAMA. 2009;302(22):2485-2486.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Pressure Ulcer Reduction Toolkit

TMF Health Quality Institute developed this toolkit to help nursing home staff better prevent, treat, and heal pressure ulcers.

Some of the topics included in the toolkit are:

  • Facility-acquired pressure ulcer investigation tool
  • Protein-energy malnutrition definition
  • Team progress assessment
  • Facility-acquired pressure ulcer-free days calendar tool
  • Facility-level assessment
  • Resident-level assessment
  • Quality improvement workbook
  • Facility assessment checklist
  • Organizational commitment
  • Risk assessment
  • Development of a plan of care

Friday, December 04, 2009

Clean, Safe Care: Reducing Infections and Saving Lives Strategy

The purpose of the site from the UK Department of Health is to provide a hub for information, Tools and News about reducing healthcare associated infections (HCAI) and providing safe, clean, reliable healthcare.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

"To Err Is Human" Report Retrospective and the Decade Ahead.

2009 NPSF Congress: Lucian Leape Institute Plenary.
Boston, MA: National Patient Safety Foundation; May 21, 2009.

Patient safety at ten: unmistakable progress, troubling gaps.

Wachter RM.
Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Dec 1

The Challenges to Transparency in Reporting Medical Errors

Paterick, Zachary R.; Paterick, Barbara B.; Waterhouse, Blake E.; Paterick, Timothy E.
Journal of Patient Safety. 5(4):205-209, December 2009.


Where We Are a Decade After To Err is Human
Clancy, Carolyn M.
Journal of Patient Safety. 5(4):199-200, December 2009

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Chasing Zero: Can Reality Meet the Rhetoric?

Denham, Charles R.; Angood, Peter; Berwick, Don; Binder, Leah; Clancy, Carolyn M.; Corrigan, Janet M.; Hunt, David
Journal of Patient Safety. 5(4):216-222, December 2009.

The Chasing Zero Department: Making Idealized Design a Reality

Denham, Charles R.; Angood, Peter; Berwick, Don; Binder, Leah; Clancy, Carolyn M.; Corrigan, Janet M.; Hunt, David
Journal of Patient Safety. 5(4):210-215, December 2009.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Development of a validation algorithm for 'present on admission' flagging.

Jackson TJ, Michel JL, Roberts R, Shepheard J, Cheng D, Rust J, Perry C.
BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2009 Dec 1;9(1):48.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Monday, November 02, 2009

Alternative Pay-for-Performance Scoring Methods: Implications for Quality Improvement and Patient Outcomes

Glickman, Seth W.; Boulding, William; Roos, Jason M. T.; Staelin, Richard; Peterson, Eric D.; Schulman, Kevin A.
Medical Care. 47(10):1062-1068, October 2009.
doi: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e3181a7e54c

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Diagnostic Error in Medicine.

Special supplement with 12 articles from a 2008 conference on Diagnostic Error.
Berner ES, Graber ML
Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2009;14(suppl 1):1-112.
Table of contents

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Enhancing medication use safety: benefits of learning from your peers

V A Kazandjian, S Ogunbo, K G Wicker, A J Vaida, and F Pipesh
Qual Saf Health Care 2009; 18: 331-335.
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Monday, October 05, 2009

SQUIRE after one year

David P Stevens
Qual Saf Health Care 2009; 18: 322.
[Extract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Standards for QUality Improvement Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE) web site link

Monday, September 21, 2009

Errors in Laboratory Medicine and Patient Safety

Clinica Chimica Acta
Volume 404, Issue 1, Pages 1-86 (6 June 2009)
special issue on Laboratory Medicine and Patient Safety
table of contents

Friday, September 18, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Data in health data networks

An Electronic Practice-Based Network for Observational Comparative Effectiveness Research
W. D. Pace, M. Cifuentes, R. J. Valuck, E. W. Staton, E. C. Brandt and D. R. West
Ann Intern Med 2009; 338-340.
Abstract Full Text PDF

Design of a National Distributed Health Data Network
J. C. Maro, R. Platt, J. H. Holmes, B. L. Strom, S. Hennessy, R. Lazarus and J. S. Brown
Ann Intern Med 2009; 341-344.
Abstract Full Text PDF


Toward Reuse of Clinical Data for Research and Quality Improvement: The End of the Beginning?
M. G. Weiner and P. J. Embi
Ann Intern Med 2009; 359-360.
Full Text PDF

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pediatric Quality

Pediatric Clinics of North America
Volume 56, Issue 4, Pages 731-1034 (August 2009)
special issyue on Pediatric Quality
table of contents

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hospitalists and the quality of care in hospitals.

López L, Hicks LS, Cohen AP, McKean S, Weissman JS.
Arch Intern Med. 2009 Aug 10;169(15):1389-94.

Do hospitalists improve quality?
Centor RM, Taylor BB.
Arch Intern Med. 2009 Aug 10;169(15):1351-2.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Clinical handover: critical communications

a special supplement from The Medical Journal of Australia on Clinical handover
Med J Aus 2009; 190 (11 Suppl): S105-S160.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Contribution of Longitudinal Comorbidity Measurements to Survival Analysis

Wang, C Y.; Baldwin, Laura-Mae; Saver, Barry G.; Dobie, Sharon A.; Green, Pamela K.; Cai, Yong; Klabunde, Carrie N.
Medical Care. 47(7):813-821, July 2009.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Developing quality indicators for elderly surgical patients.

McGory ML, Kao KK, Shekelle PG, Rubenstein LZ, Leonardi MJ, Parikh JA, Fink A, Ko CY.
Ann Surg. 2009 Aug;250(2):338-47.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Relationship Between Discharge Practices and Intensive Care Unit In-Hospital Mortality Performance: Evidence of a Discharge Bias

Vasilevskis, Eduard E.; Kuzniewicz, Michael W.; Dean, Mitzi L.; Clay, Ted; Vittinghoff, Eric; Rennie, Deborah J.; Dudley, R Adams
Medical Care. 47(7):803-812, July 2009.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The Structure of Critical Care Transfer Networks

Iwashyna, Theodore J.; Christie, Jason D.; Moody, James; Kahn, Jeremy M.; Asch, David A.
Medical Care. 47(7):787-793, July 2009

Friday, September 04, 2009

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Medication Errors.

Brit J Clin Pharmacol. 2009;67:589-695.
special issue on medication errors

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Effects of Pay for Performance on the Quality of Primary Care in England

Campbell, Stephen M., Reeves, David, Kontopantelis, Evangelos, Sibbald, Bonnie, Roland, Martin
N Engl J Med 2009 361: 368-378
Abstract FREE Full Text PDF Supplementary Material

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Shifting Mission of Health Care Delivery Organizations

Bohmer, Richard M.J., Lee, Thomas H.
N Engl J Med 2009 361: 551-553
Extract FREE Full Text PDF

Monday, August 31, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Improving Chronic Illness Care: A Longitudinal Cohort Analysis of Large Physician Organizations

Shortell, Stephen M.; Gillies, Robin; Siddique, Juned; Casalino, Lawrence P.; Rittenhouse, Diane; Robinson, James C.; McCurdy, Rodney K.
Medical Care. 47(9):932-939, September 2009.

A Decade With the Chronic Care Model: Some Progress and Opportunity for More
Jackson, George L.; Weinberger, Morris
Medical Care. 47(9):929-931, September 2009.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Reality check for checklists.

Bosk CL, Dixon-Woods M, Goeschel CA, Pronovost PJ.
Lancet. 2009;374:444-445.
Preview Full Text PDF

Peter Pronovost: champion of checklists in critical care
Jeremy Laurance
Lancet. 2009;374:443
Preview Full Text PDF

see also
The checklist.
Gawande A.
The New Yorker. December 10, 2007;83:86-95.
full text

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Evolution of the surgeon-volume, patient-outcome relationship.

Boudourakis LD, Wang TS, Roman SA, Desai R, Sosa JA.
Ann Surg. 2009 Jul;250(1):159-65.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Adverse events and potentially preventable deaths in Dutch hospitals: results of a retrospective patient record review study

M Zegers, M C de Bruijne, C Wagner, L H F Hoonhout, R Waaijman, M Smits, F A G Hout, L Zwaan, I Christiaans-Dingelhoff, D R M Timmermans, P P Groenewegen, and G van der Wal
Qual Saf Health Care 2009; 18: 297-302.
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

International Forum on Quality and Safety in Health Care, 2009 Berlin

2009 Forum Video & Speaker Presentations

Keynote plenary sessions and 10 other sessions from this year’s International Forum are now available to view online – View Here

To view 2009 speaker presentations - click here

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Quality and Safety Education.

Dolansky MA, Singh MK, eds.
Qual Manage Healthc. 2009;18:149-227.

Special issue on patient safety and quality educational initiatives.

Table of contents

Monday, August 10, 2009

Friday, August 07, 2009

Quality of care in for-profit and not-for-profit nursing homes: systematic review and meta-analysis

Vikram R Comondore, P J Devereaux, Qi Zhou, Samuel B Stone, Jason W Busse, Nikila C Ravindran, Karen E Burns, Ted Haines, Bernadette Stringer, Deborah J Cook, Stephen D Walter, Terrence Sullivan, Otavio Berwanger, Mohit Bhandari, Sarfaraz Banglawala, John N Lavis, Brad Petrisor, Holger Schünemann, Katie Walsh, Neera Bhatnagar, and Gordon H Guyatt
BMJ 2009;339 b2732
[Abstract] [Full text] [PDF]

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Application of patient safety indicators internationally: a pilot study among seven countries

Saskia E. Drösler, Niek S. Klazinga, Patrick S. Romano, Daniel J. Tancredi, Maria A. Gogorcena Aoiz, Moira C. Hewitt, Sarah Scobie, Michael Soop, Eugene Wen, Hude Quan, William A. Ghali, Soeren Mattke, and Edward Kelley
Int J Qual Health Care 2009 21: 272-278;
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The incidence of adverse events in Swedish hospitals: a retrospective medical record review study

Michael Soop, Ulla Fryksmark, Max Köster, and Bengt Haglund
Int J Qual Health Care 2009 21: 285-291;
[Abstract] [FREE Full Text] [PDF]

The assessment of adverse events in hospitals in Brazil

Walter Mendes, Mônica Martins, Suely Rozenfeld, and Claudia Travassos
Int J Qual Health Care 2009 21: 279-284;
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Monday, August 03, 2009

A comparison of hospital adverse events identified by three widely used detection methods

James M. Naessens, Claudia R. Campbell, Jeanne M. Huddleston, Bjorn P. Berg, John J. Lefante, Arthur R. Williams, and Richard A. Culbertson
Int J Qual Health Care 2009 21: 301-307;
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Analysis of unintended events in hospitals: inter-rater reliability of constructing causal trees and classifying root causes

Marleen Smits, Jasper Janssen, Riekie de Vet, Laura Zwaan, Danielle Timmermans, Peter Groenewegen, and Cordula Wagner
Int J Qual Health Care 2009 21: 292-300;
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF] [Supplementary Data]

Friday, July 31, 2009

Nursing sensitive quality indicators for nursing home care: international review of literature, policy and practice.

Nakrem S, Vinsnes AG, Harkless GE, Paulsen B, Seim A.
Int J Nurs Stud. 2009 Jun;46(6):848-57.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Reducing health care hazards: lessons from the commercial aviation safety team.

Pronovost PJ, Goeschel CA, Olsen KL, Pham JC, Miller MR, Berenholtz SM, Sexton JB, Marsteller JA, Morlock LL, Wu AW, Loeb JM, Clancy CM.
Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 May-Jun;28(3):w479-89.

Verbal orders and patient safety

Getting your point across: verbal orders and patient safety
Karyn D Baum
Qual Saf Health Care 2009; 18: 164.
[Extract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Original research:

Are verbal orders a threat to patient safety?
D S Wakefield and B J Wakefield
Qual Saf Health Care 2009; 18: 165-168.
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

An exploratory study measuring verbal order content and context
D S Wakefield, J Brokel, M M Ward, T Schwichtenberg, D Groath, M Kolb, J W Davis, and D Crandall
Qual Saf Health Care 2009; 18: 169-173.
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Getting to the heart of high-quality care

The Lancet Volume 374, Issue 9688, Page 427
Full Text PDF

Omitted and unjustified medications in the discharge summary

A Perren, M Previsdomini, B Cerutti, D Soldini, D Donghi, and C Marone
Qual Saf Health Care 2009; 18: 205-208.
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Monday, July 27, 2009

Using routine intelligence to target inspection of healthcare providers in England

M Bardsley, D J Spiegelhalter, I Blunt, X Chitnis, A Roberts, and S Bharania
Qual Saf Health Care 2009; 18: 189-194.
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Systematic review of the effectiveness of integrated care pathways: what works, for whom, in which circumstances?

Davina Allen, Elizabeth Gillen, Laura Rixson
International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare Volume 7 Issue 2 (p 61-74)
Abstract References Full Text: HTML, PDF (Size: 117K)


Standardising care using integrated care pathways: if they seem like a solution, did we ask the right questions?
Jo Rycroft-Malone, Debra Bick
International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare Volume 7 Issue 2 (p 59-60)
Abstract References Full Text: HTML, PDF (Size: 38K)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

AHRQ - National Healthcare Quality Report 2008.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
2009. AHRQ Publication No. 09-0001.
Free full text (PDF)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009

A next act for patient safety.

Viola AF, Kallem C, Bronnert J.
J AHIMA. 2009;80:30-35.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Shop for Quality or Volume? Volume, Quality, and Outcomes of CoronaryArtery Bypass Surgery

Andrew D. Auerbach, Joan F. Hilton, Judith Maselli, Penelope S. Pekow,Michael B. Rothberg, and Peter K. Lindenauer
Ann Intern Med 2009;150 696-704
Abstract Full Text PDF


Quality Wrapped in Volume Inside a Hospital
Peter B. Bach
Ann Intern Med 2009;150 729-730
Full Text PDF

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Quality and Performance

Health Services Research Volume 44 Issue 3 , (June 2009)

Effects of the Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration on Medicare Patient Mortality and Cost
Andrew M. Ryan
(p 821-842)
Abstract References Full Text: HTML, PDF (Size: 164K) Supporting information

Managed Care Quality of Care and Plan Choice in New York SCHIP
Hangsheng Liu, Charles E. Phelps, Peter J. Veazie, Andrew W. Dick, Jonathan D. Klein, Laura P. Shone, Katia Noyes, Peter G. Szilagyi
(p 843-861)
Abstract References Full Text: HTML, PDF (Size: 129K) Supporting information

The Relationship between Hospital Volume and Mortality in Mechanical Ventilation: An Instrumental Variable Analysis
Jeremy M. Kahn, Thomas R. Ten Have, Theodore J. Iwashyna
(p 862-879)
Abstract References Full Text: HTML, PDF (Size: 117K) Supporting information

Organizational and Market Influences on Physician Performance on Patient Experience Measures
Hector P. Rodriguez, Ted von Glahn, William H. Rogers, Dana Gelb Safran
(p 880-901)
Abstract References Full Text: HTML, PDF (Size: 135K) Supporting information

Retention, Learning by Doing, and Performance in Emergency Medical Services
Guy David, Tanguy Brachet
(p 902-925)
Abstract References Full Text: HTML, PDF (Size: 187K) Supporting information

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Health Care Efficiency

Volume 44 Issue 3 , (June 2009)

A Systematic Review of Health Care Efficiency Measures
Peter S. Hussey, Han de Vries, John Romley, Margaret C. Wang, Susan S. Chen, Paul G. Shekelle, Elizabeth A. McGlynn
(p 784-805)
Abstract References Full Text: HTML, PDF (Size: 186K) Supporting information

Commentary: A Systematic Review of Health Care Efficiency Measures
Leah F. Binder, Barbara Rudolph
(p 806-811)
Abstract References Full Text: HTML, PDF (Size: 48K)

Commentary: Slack Resources in Health Care Organizations—Fat to Be Trimmed or Muscle to Be Exercised?
Jacqueline Zinn, Ann Barry Flood
(p 812-820)
Abstract References Full Text: HTML, PDF (Size: 64K)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Surgical team behaviors and patient outcomes.

Mazzocco K, Petitti DB, Fong KT, Bonacum D, Brookey J, Graham S, Lasky RE, Sexton JB, Thomas EJ.
Am J Surg. 2009 May;197(5):678-85.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Quality Improvement: Science and Action

Henry H. Ting, Kaveh G. Shojania, Victor M. Montori, and Elizabeth H. Bradley Circulation. 2009;119:1962-1974,
Extract Full Text PDF

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Alternative comorbidity adjustors for the Medicare inpatient psychiatric facility PPS.

Drozd EM, Maier J, Hales JF, Thomas FG.
Health Care Financ Rev. 2008 Winter;30(2):67-82.

Medicare risk adjustment for the frail elderly.

Kautter J, Ingber M, Pope GC.
Health Care Financ Rev. 2008 Winter;30(2):83-93.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Quality and safety indicators in anesthesia: a systematic review.

Haller G, Stoelwinder J, Myles PS, McNeil J.
Anesthesiology. 2009 May;110(5):1158-75.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Global priorities for patient safety research

David W Bates, Itziar Larizgoitia, Nittita Prasopa-Plaizier, Ashish K Jha, on behalf of the Research Priority Setting Working Group of the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety
BMJ 2009;338:b1775, doi: 10.1136/bmj.b1775

Monday, July 06, 2009

Friday, July 03, 2009

Health care process modelling: which method when?

Gyuchan Thomas Jun, James Ward, Zoe Morris, and John Clarkson
Int J Qual Health Care 2009 21: 214-224;
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Validation of a tool assessing appropriateness of hospital days in rehabilitation centres Int J Qual

Romain Guilé, Christophe Leux, Cécile Paillé, Pierre Lombrail, and Leila Moret
Health Care 2009 21: 198-205;
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Monday, June 29, 2009

AHRQ - Quality Indicator Version 4.0

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released the AHRQ Quality Indicators Version 4.0 for the Prevention Quality Indicators (PQI), Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQI), Patient Safety Indicators (PSI), and Pediatric Quality Indicators (PDI) modules.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Measuring efficiency: the association of hospital costs and quality of care.

Jha AK, Orav EJ, Dobson A, Book RA, Epstein AM.
Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 May-Jun;28(3):897-906.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Quality toolbox: clinical pathways can improve core measure scores.

McCue JD, Beck A, Smothers K.
J Healthc Qual. 2009 Jan-Feb;31(1):43-50.

Monday, June 22, 2009

NPSA - Patient Safety Toolkits & E-learning Packages

This web page from the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) provide access to a range of tools and e-learning packages designed to support patient safety education and training.

Friday, June 19, 2009

AHRQ - Getting Safer Care

This Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Web site provides materials to help patients avoid medical errors and receive quality care.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Creating a better discharge summary: improvement in quality and timeliness using an electronic discharge summary.

O'Leary KJ, Liebovitz DM, Feinglass J, Liss DT, Evans DB, Kulkarni N, Landler MP, Baker DW.

J Hosp Med. 2009 Apr;4(4):219-25.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Developing a tool for assessing competency in root cause analysis.

Gupta P, Varkey P.
Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2009 Jan;35(1):36-42.

Monday, June 15, 2009

How should continuity of care in primary health care be assessed?

Salisbury C, Sampson F, Ridd M, Montgomery AA.
Br J Gen Pract. 2009 Apr;59(561):e134-41.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Using implementation safety indicators for CPOE implementation.

Weir CR, McCarthy CA.
Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2009 Jan;35(1):21-8.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Relationship of Hospital Organizational Culture to Patient Safety Climate in the Veterans Health Administration

Christine W. Hartmann, Mark Meterko, Amy K. Rosen, Shibei Zhao, Priti Shokeen, Sara Singer, and David M. Gaba
Med Care Res Rev 2009 66: 320-338.
[Abstract] [PDF]

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

NHS Evidence

NHS Evidence is a new service, hosted by the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), launched to provide easy access to evidence base information for health and social care professionals.

see also:

NHS Evidence: better and faster access to information
Gillian C Leng
The Lancet, Volume 373, Issue 9674, Pages 1502 - 1504
Preview Full Text PDF

Monday, June 08, 2009

IHI - Open School

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has created the Open School to teach patient safety and quality improvement; free multimedia training modules are available.

Friday, June 05, 2009

WHO - SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

Launched 5 May 2009 by the World Alliance for Patient Safety, the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands initiative aims to support health-care workers to improve hand hygiene and stop the spread of infection.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Comorbidity adjustment index for the international classification of diseases, 10th revision.

Ramiarina RA, Ramiarina BL, Almeida RM, Pereira WC.
Rev Saude Publica. 2008 Aug;42(4):590-7.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Availability of data for measuring physician quality performance.

Scholle SH, Roski J, Dunn DL, Adams JL, Dugan DP, Pawlson LG, Kerr EA.
Am J Manag Care. 2009 Jan;15(1):67-72.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Measuring quality of oral anticoagulation care: extending quality measurement to a new field.

Rose AJ, Berlowitz DR, Frayne SM, Hylek EM.
Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2009 Mar;35(3):146-55. Review.

Friday, May 29, 2009

The relationship between electronic health record use and quality of care over time.

Zhou L, Soran CS, Jenter CA, Volk LA, Orav EJ, Bates DW, Simon SR.
J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2009 Jul-Aug;16(4):457-64.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Quality of Care Provided to Individual Patients in US Hospitals: Results From an Analysis of National Hospital Quality Alliance Data

Vogeli, Christine; Kang, Raymond; Landrum, Mary Beth; Hasnain-Wynia, Romana; Weissman, Joel S.
Medical Care. 47(5):591-599, May 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Do Patient Safety Events Increase Readmissions?

Friedman, Bernard; Encinosa, William; Jiang, H Joanna; Mutter, Ryan
Medical Care. 47(5):583-590, May 2009.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Quality of Care and Length of Hospital Stay Among Patients With Stroke

Svendsen, Marie Louise; Ehlers, Lars Holger; Andersen, Grethe; Johnsen, Søren Paaske
Medical Care. 47(5):575-582, May 2009.

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Use of Patient Satisfaction Surveys and Alternative Coding Procedures to Predict Malpractice Risk

Fullam, Francis; Garman, Andrew N.; Johnson, Tricia J.; Hedberg, Eric C.
Medical Care. 47(5):553-559, May 2009.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Causes, consequences, detection, and prevention of identification errors in laboratory diagnostics.

Lippi G, Blanckaert N, Bonini P, Green S, Kitchen S, Palicka V, Vassault AJ, Mattiuzzi C, Plebani M.
Clin Chem Lab Med. 2009;47:143-153.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Development of an online morbidity, mortality, and near-miss reporting system to identify patterns of adverse events in surgical patients.

Bilimoria KY, Kmiecik TE, DaRosa DA, Halverson A, Eskandari MK, Bell RH Jr, Soper NJ, Wayne JD.
Arch Surg. 2009;144:305-311.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Continuous monitoring of adverse events: influence on the quality of care and the incidence of errors in general surgery.

Rebasa P, Mora L, Luna A, Montmany S, Vallverdú H, Navarro S.
World J Surg. 2009 Feb;33(2):191-8.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Safety in obstetric critical care.

Scholefield H.
Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2008 Oct;22(5):965-82.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Measurement of quality and assurance of safety in the critically ill.

Pronovost PJ, Sexton JB, Pharn JC, Goeschel CA, Winters BD, Miller MR.
Clin Chest Med. 2009;30:169-179.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Quality in primary health care: a multidimensional approach to complexity

Iona Heath, Adolfo Rubinstein, Kurt C Stange, and Mieke L van Driel
BMJ 2009;338:b1242, doi: 10.1136/bmj.b1242
Extract Full text

Monday, May 11, 2009

Effect of smoking cessation advice on cardiovascular disease.

Eddy DM, Peskin B, Shcheprov A, Pawlson G, Shih S, Schaaf D.
Am J Med Qual. 2009 May-Jun;24(3):241-9.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Assessing Authority

Drummond Rennie; Iain Chalmers
JAMA. 2009;301(17):1819-1821.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Improving the simple, complicated and complex realities of community-acquired pneumonia

S K Liu, K Homa, J R Butterly, K B Kirkland, and P B Batalden
Qual Saf Health Care 2009; 18: 93-98.
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Monday, May 04, 2009

Patient- and procedure-specific risk factors for postoperative complications in peripheral vascular surgery

C P E Lange, A J Ploeg, J-W H P Lardenoye, and P J Breslau
Qual Saf Health Care 2009; 18: 131-136.
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Saturday, May 02, 2009

The influence of standardisation and task load on team coordination patterns during anaesthesia inductions

E Zala-Mezö, J Wacker, B Künzle, M Brüesch, and G Grote
Qual Saf Health Care 2009; 18: 127-130.
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Friday, May 01, 2009

Development and validation of the SURgical PAtient Safety System (SURPASS) checklist

E N de Vries, M W Hollmann, S M Smorenburg, D J Gouma, and M A Boermeester
Qual Saf Health Care 2009; 18: 121-126.
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Factors influencing incident reporting in surgical care

S Kreckler, K Catchpole, P McCulloch, and A Handa
Qual Saf Health Care 2009; 18: 116-120.
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rehospitalizations among Patients in the Medicare Fee-for-Service Program

Jencks, Stephen F., Williams, Mark V., Coleman, Eric A.
N Engl J Med 2009 360: 1418-1428
Abstract Full Text PDF Supplementary Material

Revisiting Readmissions -- Changing the Incentives for Shared Accountability
Epstein, Arnold M.
N Engl J Med 2009 360: 1457-1459
Extract Full Text PDF

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

AHRQ - Triggers and Targeted Injury Detection Systems (TIDS)

AHRQ is developing and supporting the implementation of clinical triggers and targeted injury detection systems (TIDS) to identify patient safety risks and hazards. Clinical triggers are data flags identifying patients who may be at risk of harm or clinical situations that have the potential for harm.

Monday, April 27, 2009

NPSA - Publication of Organisation Patient Safety Incident Reports
This section of the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) website provides details of patient safety incident reports for individual NHS organisations in England and Wales.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Relationship of safety climate and safety performance in hospitals.

Singer S, Lin S, Falwell A, Gaba D, Baker L.
Health Serv Rev. 2009;44:399-421.

Continuity of Outpatient and Inpatient Care by Primary Care Physicians for Hospitalized Older Adults

Gulshan Sharma; Kathlyn E. Fletcher; Dong Zhang; Yong-Fang Kuo; Jean L. Freeman; James S. Goodwin
JAMA. 2009;301(16):1671-1680.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

Errors in medicine.

Leape LL.
Clin Chim Acta. 2009 Jun;404(1):2-5.

Friday, April 17, 2009

The effect of guidance in the use of routine outcome measures in clinical meetings.

Trauer T, Pedwell G, Gill L.
Aust Health Rev. 2009 Feb;33(1):144-51.

see also:
outcome measurement in mental health
from the Mental Health & Drugs Division of the State Government Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Use of Electronic Health Records in U.S. Hospitals

Jha, Ashish K., DesRoches, Catherine M., Campbell, Eric G., Donelan, Karen, Rao, Sowmya R., Ferris, Timothy G., Shields, Alexandra, Rosenbaum, Sara, Blumenthal, David
N Engl J Med 2009 360: 1628-1638

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Public Health Hazards of Risk Avoidance Associated With Public Reporting of Risk-Adjusted Outcomes in Coronary Intervention

F. Resnic, F. Welt
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Volume 53, Issue 10, Pages 825-830

Public Reporting of Quality Measures What Are We Trying to Accomplish?
R. Califf, E. Peterson
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Volume 53, Issue 10, Pages 831-833

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Creating an Ideal Transition Home for Patients with Heart Failure.

Transforming Care at the Bedside How-to Guide
Nielsen GA, Bartely A, Coleman E, Resar R, Rutherford P, Souw D, Taylor J.
Cambridge, MA: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; 2008.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Inpatient suicide: preventing a common sentinel event.

Tishler CL, Reiss NS.

Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2009;31:103-109.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Learning from defects to enhance morbidity and mortality conferences.

Berenholtz SM, Hartsell TL, Pronovost PJ.
Am J Med Qual. 2009;24:192-195.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Laboratory medicine quality indicators: a review of the literature.

Shahangian S, Snyder SR.
Am J Clin Pathol. 2009 Mar;131(3):418-31.

Evidence of methodological bias in hospital standardised mortality ratios: retrospective database study of English hospitals

Mohammed A Mohammed, Jonathan J Deeks, Alan Girling, Gavin Rudge, Martin Carmalt, Andrew J Stevens, Richard J Lilford
BMJ  2009;338:b780 (Published )
[Abstract] [Full text] [PDF]


Measuring the quality of hospital care
John Wright, Kaveh G Shojania 
BMJ  2009;338:b569 (Published ) 
[Extract] [Full text]

Quality in primary health care: a multidimensional approach to complexity.

Heath I, Rubinstein A, Stange KC, Driel ML.  

BMJ 2009;338:b1242. 

Saturday, April 04, 2009

NHS - The Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) brings together independent regulation of health, mental health and adult social caren in England. Before 1 April 2009, this work was carried out by the Healthcare Commission, the Mental Health Act Commission and the Commission for Social Care Inspection. These organisations no longer exist.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) main activities are:
  • Registration of health and social care providers to ensure they are meeting essential common quality standards
  • Monitoring and inspection of all health and adult social care
  • Using enforcement powers if standards are not being met
  • Improving health and social care services 
  • Reporting the outcomes 

Friday, April 03, 2009

Rehospitalizations among Patients in the Medicare Fee-for-Service Program

Jencks, Stephen F., Williams, Mark V., Coleman, Eric A.
N Engl J Med 2009 360: 1418-1428


Revisiting Readmissions -- Changing the Incentives for Shared Accountability
Epstein, Arnold M.
N Engl J Med 2009 360: 1457-1459

Thursday, April 02, 2009

A New Strategy to Improve Quality: Rewarding Actions Rather Than Measures

Rachel M. Werner; Robert McNutt
JAMA. 2009;301(13):1375-1377.

Association Between Hospital-Reported Leapfrog Safe Practices Scores and Inpatient Mortality

Leslie P. Kernisan; Sei J. Lee; W. John Boscardin; C. Seth Landefeld; R. Adams Dudley
JAMA. 2009;301(13):1341-1348.

Quality, Transparency, and the US Government

Robert H. Brook
JAMA. 2009;301(13):1377-1378.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

What is the Perfect General Practice?

Does public release of performance results improve quality of care? A systematic review

This literature review produced as part of the Quest for Quality and Improved Performance (QQUIP), an initiative of The Health Foundation analyse the public release of performance results.

The report is adapted from a RAND Corporation white paper. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

No Small Change for the Health Information Economy

Mandl, Kenneth D., Kohane, Isaac S.
N Engl J Med 2009 360: 1278-1281

Ownership of Medical Information

Mark A. Hall; Kevin A. Schulman
JAMA. 2009;301(12):1282-1284.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Association of Patient Case-Mix Adjustment, Hospital Process Performance Rankings, and Eligibility for Financial Incentives

Rajendra H. Mehta, Li Liang, Amrita M. Karve, Adrian F. Hernandez, John S. Rumsfeld, Gregg C. Fonarow, and Eric D. Peterson
JAMA. 2008;300(16):1897-1903.

Standards for Statistical Models Used for Public Reporting of Health Outcomes

An American Heart Association Scientific Statement From the Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Interdisciplinary Writing Group
Cosponsored by the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention and the Stroke Council Endorsed by the American College of Cardiology Foundation Harlan M. Krumholz, Ralph G. Brindis, John E. Brush, David J. Cohen, Andrew J. Epstein, Karen Furie, George Howard, Eric D. Peterson, Saif S. Rathore, Sidney C. Smith, Jr, John A. Spertus, Yun Wang, and Sharon-Lise T. Normand
Circulation. 2006;113:456-462;
Abstract Full Text PDF

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Patient-Physician Connectedness and Quality of Primary Care

Steven J. Atlas, Richard W. Grant, Timothy G. Ferris, Yuchiao Chang, andMichael J. Barry
Ann Intern Med 2009;150 325-335
Abstract Full Text PDF


Is There a Personal Doctor in the House?
Andrew B. Bindman
Ann Intern Med 2009;150 351-352
Full Text PDF

Thursday, March 19, 2009

NQF - Safe Practices for Better Healthcare—2009 Update

This report from the National Quality Forum (NQF) presents 34 practices that have been demonstrated to be effective in reducing the occurrence of adverse healthcare events.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Diagnostic Errors—The Next Frontier for Patient Safety

David E. Newman-Toker; Peter J. Pronovost
JAMA. 2009;301(10):1060-1062.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Pay for Performance: An Overview of the Literature

Stuart E. Greene and David B. Nash
American Journal of Medical Quality 2009 24: 140-163.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

CMS's Hospital-Acquired Condition Lists Link Hospital Payment, Patient Safety

Carolyn M. Clancy
American Journal of Medical Quality 2009 24: 166-168.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Relationship of Safety Climate and Safety Performance in Hospitals

Sara Singer, Shoutzu Lin, Alyson Falwell, David Gaba, Laurence Baker
Health Services Research Volume 44 Issue 2p1, Pages 399 - 421
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Patient Safety: Contributions by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Health Services Research Volume 44 Issue 2p2

Setting the Stage for the Second Decade of the Era of Patient Safety: Contributions by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Grantees (p 623-627)
Lee H.
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Evaluation of the AHRQ Patient Safety Initiative: Framework and Approach (p 628-645)
Donna O. Farley, James B. Battles
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Assessment of Contributions to Patient Safety Knowledge by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-Funded Patient Safety Projects (p 646-664)
Melony E.S. Sorbero, Karen A. Ricci, Susan Lovejoy, Amelia M. Haviland, Linda Smith, Lily A. Bradley, Liisa Hiatt, Donna O. Farley
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Experiences of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-Funded Projects That Implemented Practices for Safer Patient Care (p 665-683)
Stephanie L. Taylor, M. Susan Ridgely, Michael D. Greenberg, Melony E. S. Sorbero, Stephanie S. Teleki, Cheryl L. Damberg, Donna O. Farley
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Adopting Information Technology to Drive Improvements in Patient Safety: Lessons from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Health Information Technology Grantees (p 684-700)
Cheryl L. Damberg, M. Susan Ridgely, Rebecca Shaw, Robin C. Meili, Melony E.S. Sorbero, Lily A. Bradley, Donna O. Farley
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Training a Patient Safety Work Force: The Patient Safety Improvement Corps (p 701-716)
Stephanie S. Teleki, Cheryl L. Damberg, Melony E. S. Sorbero, Rebecca N. Shaw, Lily A. Bradley, Denise D. Quigley, Allen M. Fremont, Donna O. Farley
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The Growth of Partnerships to Support Patient Safety Practice Adoption (p 717-738)
Peter Mendel, Cheryl L. Damberg, Melony E.S. Sorbero, Danielle M. Varda, Donna O. Farley
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Safety Outcomes in the United States: Trends and Challenges in Measurement (p 739-755)
Michael D. Greenberg, Amelia M. Haviland, Hao Yu, Donna O. Farley
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Evaluation of the AHRQ Patient Safety Initiative: Synthesis of Findings (p 756-776) Donna O. Farley, Cheryl L. Damberg
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