TITLE

Hospital mortality: when failure is not a good measure of success

AUTHOR(S)
Shojania, Kaveh G.; Forster, Alan J.
PUB. DATE
July 2008
SOURCE
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;7/15/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 2, p153
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Case Study
ABSTRACT
The article presents a case study of the outcomes-based perfomance measures for hospital mortality for specific conditions and procedures. Strategies have been proposed to measure and improve hospital performance efforts have included national patient safety agencies, mandatory accreditation and financial incentives. The article discusses the validity of the hospital's standardized mortality ratio wherein it must correlate with accepted measures of quality. The precise measurement of hospital performance that will provide similar quality of care where quality remained constant. The recommendation of supporters the use of the hospital standardized mortality ratio to monitor quality of care over time.
ACCESSION #
32981165

 

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