Editor’s Notebook: The Measurement Challenge

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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