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Journal Article

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

Drösler SE, Klazinga NS, Romano PS, et al. International journal for quality in health care : journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care. 2009;21:272-8.

This study applied the AHRQ patient safety indicators (PSIs) to acute care hospitals internationally and discovered that certain indicators (e.g., birth trauma and complications of anesthesia) may be unreliable for comparison. However, the authors suggest that publishing comparable international data is feasible after addressing the global challenges with data reliability and quality. The latter is complicated by suspected variations in coding and clinical documentation that require further investigation.