Survey to Assess the Current State and Impact of Quality Improvement Activities in U.S. Hospitals


In a seminal 2001 report, the Institute of Medicine called for redesigning the U.S. health care system to make it better able to deliver care that is safe, effective, timely, patient-centered, efficient, and equitable to all. Numerous public and private organizations heeded this call by developing and supporting broad-based quality improvement and patient safety initiatives. Not much information is available, however, about the activities hospitals are undertaking. This project will survey 500 hospital CEOs and 3,000 physicians and nurses to determine the progression and breadth of change. Using quality-of-care data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, project staff will analyze the relationship between quality improvement activities and quality of care.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Boston University Health Policy Institute
Principal Investigator:
Alan Cohen
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 12, 2005

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