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Esmail N, Hazel M. Studies in Health Care Policy. Fraser Institute. Calgary, Alberta, Canada; March 2009. ISSN: 1918-2082.
Designed to help patients choose hospitals, this report utilized AHRQ quality indicators to analyze the performance of acute-care hospitals in Ontario. Using an interactive online tool, consumers can look up a particular condition or procedure and compare rates of procedure volume, adverse events, deaths, and utilization.
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Leatt P, ed. Healthcare Papers. 2008;8:4-75.
This special issue discusses the pros and cons of the hospital standardized mortality ratio (HSMR) measurement tool for improving patient safety and quality in the Canadian health care system.
Journal Article > Commentary
Shojania KG, Forster AJ. CMAJ. 2008;179:153-157.
This commentary discusses the limitations of using hospital standardized mortality ratios as a measure of the quality of care, as illustrated in a recent study of preventable deaths after cardiac surgery.
Ottawa, ON, Canada: Canadian Institute for Health Information; 2007. ISBN: 9781554651849.
This report describes a new metric used to analyze mortality rates in Canadian health care and also includes region-specific data.
Ottawa, ON, Canada: Canadian Institute for Health Information; August 14, 2007.
Using survey data as well as information on patient safety indicators, this report provides an update on the frequency of certain types of errors and incidents in Canada.