Developing Measures of Hospital Care Safety


Efforts to improve patient safety remain handicapped by the lack of clinically meaningful measures that enable institutions and regions to set goals, track improvement over time, and compare performance across health care facilities. This project will develop such safety measures in two areas of hospital care (e.g., intensive care and emergency department). Not only will these measures help hospitals assess and track safety in the targeted areas of care, they could provide a blueprint for the development of measure sets for other areas of hospital and ambulatory care. The project director has demonstrated there is broad stakeholder engagement and support for this project, which will help ensure that the new measures are widely disseminated and used.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator:
David Blumenthal, M.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 10, 2007

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