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HINF 6175 Quality Assessment and Improvement: Welcome & Course Readings

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Please find your required library readings below. If you have problems with the links below, please contact the Library. If you have APA questions about these materials, please contact the Writing Center.

HINF 6175 Required Course Readings

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Bosk, C. L., Dixon-Woods, M., Goeschel, C. A., and Pronovost, P. J. (2009, August). Reality check for checklists. The Lancet, 374(9688), 444–445.

Burton, T. M. (2009, October 8). News in Depth: U.S. hospitals find way to make care cheaper—Make it better—Publishing outcomes can boost results, one state discovers. Wall Street Journal (Europe), p. 14.

Casaratte, D., Karlawish, J. H., Sugarman, J. (2000, May). Determining when quality improvement initiatives should be considered research: Proposed criteria and potential implications. Journal of the American Medical Association, 283(17), 2275–2280.

Conway, P., & Clancy, C. (2009). Transformation of health care at the front line. Journal of the American Medical Association, 301(7), 763–765.

Denham, C. R. (2006, March). Leaders need dashboards, dashboards need leaders. Journal of Patient Safety, 2(1), 45–53.

Devine, E. B., Hansen, R. N., & Wilson-Norton, J. L., et al. (2010, January). The impact of Computerized Provider Order Entry on medication errors in a multispecialty group practice. JAMIA, 17, 78–84.

Gawande, A. A., et al. (2009, January). A surgical safety checklist to reduce morbidity and mortality in a global population. New England Journal of Medicine, 360(5), 491–499.

Grol, R. (2001). Improving the quality of medical care: Building bridges among professional pride, payer profit, and patient satisfaction. Journal of the American Medical Association, 286(20), 2578–2585.

Harrington, L. (2009, April). Hardwiring nursing quality. Nurse Leader, 7(2), 44–46.

Hitchings, K., Davies-Hathen, N., Capuano, T., Morgan, G., & Bendekovits, R. (2008). Peer case review sharpens event analysis. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 23(4), 296–304.

Howie, W. (2009). Mandatory reporting of medical errors: Crafting policy and integrating it into practice. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 5(9), 649–654.

Hughes, R., & Clancy, C. (2009). AHRQ commentary: Nurses' role in patient safety. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 24(1), 1–4.

Institute of Medicine. (1999). To err is human. Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences.

Institute of Medicine. (2001). Crossing the quality chasm: A new health system for the 21st century. Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences. 

Kaushal, R., Jha, A., Franz, C., Glaser, J., Shetty, K., Jaggi, T., et al. (2006). Return on investment for a Computerized Physician Order Entry System. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 13(3), 261–266.

Kroch, E., Vaugh, T., Koepeke, M., Roman, S. et al. (2006). Hospital boards and quality dashboards. Journal of Patient Safety, 2(1), 10–19.

Laurance, J. (2009, August). Peter Pronovost: Champion of checklists in critical care. The Lancet, 374(9688), 443.

Leatherman, S., Berwick, D., Iles, D., Lewin, L. S., et al. (2003). The business case for quality: Case studies and an analysis. Health Affairs, 22(2), 17–30.

McKeon, L., Cunningham, P., & Oswaks, J. (2009). Improving patient safety: Patient-focused, high-reliability team training. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 24(1), 76–82.

Miller, F. & Emanuel, E. (2008). Quality improvement research and informed consent. New England Journal of Medicine, 358(8) 765–767

Nadzam, D. (2009). Nurses' role in communication and patient safety. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 24(3), 184–188.

Simpson, R. (2005). Error reporting as a preventive force. Nursing Management, 36(6), 21–56.

Wachter, R. (2010). Patient safety at ten: Unmistakable progress, troubling gaps. Health Affairs, 29(1), 165–173

Wachter, R., & Pronovost, P. (2009). Balancing "No Blame" with accountability in patient safety. New England Journal of Medicine, 361(14), 1401–1406.

Wachter, R. M. (2006). Expected and unanticipated consequences of the quality and information technology revolutions. Journal of the American Medical Association, 295(23), 2780–2783.

Ward, W. J. Jr., Spragens, L., & Smithson, K. (2006, December). Building the business case for clinical quality. Healthcare Financial Management, 60(12), 92–8. 

Wu, A. W., Lipzhutz, A. K. M., & Pronovost, P. J. (2008). Effectiveness and efficiency in root cause analysis. JAMA, 299(6), 685–687.

Zhan, C., Friedman, B., Mosso, A., & Pronovost, P. (2006). MARKET WATCH: Medicare payment for selected adverse events: Building the business case for investing in patient safety. Health Affairs, 25(5), 1386–1393

Other Readings

Optional or supplemental readings may or may not be available in the library. Find further information about optional readings here.

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