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Boulder, CO: HealthGrades, Inc.; 2005.
The first version of this now annual report on the safety of hospitalized Medicare patients received substantial media coverage when it appeared in 2004. The report used the Patient Safety Indicators developed for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, but it did not necessarily apply them in the recommended manner. Organizations reviewing the report's findings should bear in mind these potential methodologic shortcomings and the fact that neither report has undergone external peer review.
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AHRQ Quality Indicators. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Prevention Quality Indicators use hospital admissions data to screen for potential quality lapses on conditions that generally don't require hospitalization if managed effectively at the primary care level.
Journal Article > Commentary
Elixhauser A, Panchol M, Clancy CM. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2005;31:533-538.
The authors present the three modules of AHRQ Quality Indicators—prevention, inpatient, and patient safety—and discuss how they are used to identify possible areas for improvement within health care delivery systems.
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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs) represent quality measures that make use of a hospital's available administrative data to inform improvement. This Web site provides access to four modules of indicators: prevention, inpatient, pediatric, and patient safety.