A novel idea for measuring quality: focus on the patient!

A novel idea for measuring quality: focus on the patient!

It’s kind of pathetic that this is just being recognized.

Speakers at a forum hosted by the Alliance for Health Reform and the Commonwealth Fund… said that “patient-centered care” is important in efforts to measure health care quality.. [S]peakers said that patient-centered care measures can include the level of patient involvement in their health care, the effectiveness of coordination of care among different providers, routine feedback to hospitals, clinical information systems that support high-quality care and publicly available information on patient-centered care… [T]he Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement found that patients who received patient-centered care were less likely to experience complications and death than other patients…

Anything that makes “experiencing death” less likely is probably good.

December 6, 2006

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