Joint Commission says its hospitals increased quality and patient care over last six years

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

December 3, 2008

In its annual report about quality and safety, The Joint Commission has released data to show that the quality of care within its accredited hospitals has improved, in some cases dramatically, over the past six years. The report, Improving America's Hospitals: The Joint Commission's Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2008, measures compliance with the National Patient Safety Goals as well as hospital quality measures, which include heart attacks, pneumonia, surgical conditions, and heart failure.

Some of the most significant findings include the increase of prescription of smoking cessation advice. In 2002, only 66% of heart attack patients were offered this advice; in 2007, 98% of facilities provided this advice to heart attack patients. Also, more hospitals provided discharge instructions to heart failure patients, increasing from 30.9% in 2002 to 77.5% in 2007. However, the report also shows that there is a great difference in care provided between different states, with some states a full 10 percentage points ahead of others for some quality measures.

To read the full report, click here.