Many Western countries have health and social care standards but implement and apply these standards in different ways. Different regulatory mechanisms and policy instruments encourage and ensure continuous quality improvement.
A series of proposals that would substitute lower-cost treatments for higher cost interventions and that promote greater patient safety could save the U.S. health care system $13 to $22 billion per year.
For nearly a decade, RAND researchers have studied how health information technology (HIT) stands to change health care.
The goal of this analysis was to ascertain the predominant themes and patterns likely to be associated with producing successful health care quality improvement interventions (QIIs).
To learn how hospital labor and delivery units can achieve effective and sustainable teamwork practices and how much such practices affect staff experiences and patient outcomes, RAND researchers studied five units as they implemented improvements.
Investigates the relationship between safety outcomes in hospitals and malpractice claiming against providers, using administrative data and measures for California hospitals and insurers from 2001 to 2005.
Presents the results of a two-year study that analyzes the extent to which patient safety practices are being adopted by U.S. health care providers, and assesses trends in patient safety outcomes.
The report assesses drivers, obstacles, uncertainties in deploying RFID in healthcare in Europe. It identifies promising RFID applications for increasing patient safety and reducing cost; and identifies success/failure factors, costs/benefits.
This study was commissioned by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) to provide an evidence base on the systems of medical regulation in place in the countries of origin of doctors seeking to enter the UK and obtain registration to practise.
Describes the extent to which medical errors result in disability and death and estimates the improvements in patient safety that could be achieved by adopting systemic approaches to reducing medical errors.
Presents findings of a study in which we assess the expected effects of three policy areas for future action towards improving patient safety in the EU-27.
Evaluates progress of the patient safety initiative led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), focusing on how the current experiences of AHRQ and its funded projects can be used to strengthen subsequent program activities.
Addresses one step in the process of moving from teamwork training to teamwork practices that improve outcomes of care: identifying outcomes that are most likely to be affected as teamwork practices improve in an implementing organization.
Evaluates progress of the patient safety initiative led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), focusing on assessment of health information technology projects and dissemination of improved patient safety practices.
Evaluates progress of the patient safety initiative led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, including updates of policy context and activities' status and a framework for assessing effects on patient outcomes and on other stakeholders.
An evaluation of the first two years of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Veterans' Affairs' Patient Safety Improvement Corps program for improving patient safety in the nation.
Evaluates a pilot fellowship program on patient safety concepts that addresses the issue of deaths from preventable medical errors.
Assesses the context and goals that were the foundation for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's patient safety initiative.
Examines the relationship between patient and provider (e.g., physician and hospital) characteristics and inappropriate hospital use, in terms of both admissions and days.
The author offers a model of patient decisionmaking.