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Allegranzi B, Bischoff P, de Jonge S, et al; WHO Guidelines Development Group. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2016. ISBN: 9789241549882.
Efforts to reduce surgical site infections have achieved some success. The World Health Organization has taken a leading role in eliminating health care–associated harms and has compiled guidelines to address factors that contribute to surgical site infections in preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care. The document includes recommendations for improvement informed by the latest evidence.
Visser SN, Zablotsky B, Holbrook JR, Danielson ML, Bitsko RH. Natl Health Stat Report. 2015;(81):1-8.
This survey of parents of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder examined how this diagnosis was established. There was variation in the diagnostic process, including testing methods and types of practitioners involved (primary care physician, psychologist, psychiatrist). These results demonstrate the inherent challenge of diagnosing a heterogeneous condition even when diagnostic guidelines and criteria exist.
Fisher JD, Freeman K, Clarke A, et al. Health Services and Delivery Research. Southampton, UK: NIHR Journals Library; May 2015.
The safety of emergency medical care delivered in conjunction with ambulance services has not been studied in the United Kingdom. Analyzing evidence associated with ambulance care, this scoping review found that inconsistent use of terminology was a problem and identified specific areas that require further research to develop safer models of prehospital care, including diagnosis and treatment, equipment use, and ambulance-to-hospital handover.
Baily MA, Bottrell M, Lynn J, Jennings B. Hastings Center Rep. July/August 2006;36:S1-S40.
The participants in this AHRQ–funded project explored the ethical issues involved in quality and safety improvement research by considering the possibility that patients could be exposed to inadvertent harm.