Journal Article

Public reporting of patient safety metrics: ready or not?

Podolsky DK, Nagarkar PA, Reed G, et al. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. 2014;134:981e-5e.

Despite the perceived value of publicly available quality and safety data, concerns have been raised about their effectiveness. Reviewing the evidence on existing patient safety measures, this commentary explores the accuracy, validity, and usefulness of information reported. The authors suggest that clinicians and health care consumers be involved in designing metrics and collecting data to improve public reporting systems.