Monday, May 3, 2010

Quality Of Care, Patient Safety See Gains

American Medical News, Kevin B. O'Reilly, 04/27/2010

The U.S. health system continues to slowly improve its performance on many measures of quality and patient safety while struggling to cut racial and ethnic disparities.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published the findings in April in companion reports on health care quality and health care disparities. The reports are based on data from 2000 to 2007 on hundreds of measures tracked by the federal government.

American health care bettered its performance on 59% of 169 quality measures, with a 2.3% annual median rate of improvement. Meanwhile, hospitals improved their performance on 52% of 33 patient safety measures.

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