Accession Number:

ADA434750

Title:

A Process-Centered Tool for Evaluating Patient Safety Performance and Guiding Strategic Improvement

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY ROCKVILLE MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

This paper presents a patient safety applicator tool for implementing and assessing patient safety systems in health care institutions. The applicator tool consists of critical processes and performance measures identified in the context of the 2003 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award MBNQA Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence. The Delphi technique was used for gaining consensus from a group of experts and forecasting significant issues in the field of the Delphi panels expertise. Data collection included a series of questionnaires where the first-round questionnaire was based on literature review and the MBNQA criteria for excellence in health care. Data were tested by an instrument review panel of experts. Twenty-three experts MBNQA health care reviewers and senior health care administrators from quality award winning institutions representing 18 States participated in the survey rounds. The study addressed three research questions 1. What critical processes should be included in health care patient safety systems 2. What performance measures can serve as indicators of quality for the processes critical for ensuring patient safety 3. What processes will be critical for patient safety in the future

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE