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Oakbrook Terrace, IL: The Joint Commission; March 2007.
This report reveals that the overall quality of care delivered by US hospitals improved steadily between 2003 and 2005, as measured by adherence to evidence-based treatments for myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia. Adherence to the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals, which include measures to prevent wrong-site surgery and promote medication reconciliation, was also measured. Although results on these measures showed a more mixed picture, the report cautions that changes in measurement during the study period limit interpretability of the results.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL: The Joint Commission; November 2007.
Building on its inaugural publication, this report summarizes the quality and safety of care delivered to hospitalized patients between 2002 and 2006. The report suggests that hospital performance consistently improved from year to year as measured by adherence to evidence-based treatments for heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia, as well as more recent measures of surgical care. While similar improvements were noted in compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, significant room for improvement remains on additional quality measures, and noted variability exists in performance by hospital and by state. The report emphasizes the Joint Commission's efforts to improve performance measurement and reporting requirements in future years to adequately reflect the organization's goal of improved health outcomes. A past AHRQ WebM&M commentary discussed the unintended consequences of the public reporting of hospital quality.