Editor’s Notebook: The Measurement Challenge

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

February 24, 2016

Measurement is central to current discussions about the state of patient safety, as well as federal healthcare reform and efforts to move toward value-based purchasing.Using data to understand, drive, and evaluate improvement efforts has a long history. In fact, the patient safety movement was launched by a memorabe data point: medical errors cause between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths each year in the United States (Kohn, Corrigan, & Donaldson, 2000). And the axiom "you can't improve what you can't measure" is a touchstone for quality improvement.

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