Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Improving the primary care physicians’ decision making for fibromyalgia in clinical practice

"The use of such a tool during consultation will not only improve the quality of care in general practice but will also increase patients’ and doctors’ satisfaction and improve patients’ self-esteem and well-being." 

Improving the primary care physicians’ decision making for fibromyalgia in clinical practice: development and validation of the Fibromyalgia Detection (FibroDetect®) screening tool
R Baron et al.
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2014, 12:128

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The quality of clinical coding in the NHS

"Throughout the assurance framework we have identified consistent issues that impact on data quality. We have developed these themes using the learning from this year’s audit programme into a checklist of 10 areas designed to enable senior managers to identify ways of improving and maintaining the quality of clinical coded data."

The quality of clinical coding in the NHS: Payment by Results data assurance framework
CAPITA
Department of Health
September 2014

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Chest pain symptom scoring can improve the quality of referrals to Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic

"Chest pain symptom scoring resulted in improved GP discrimination of chest pain, improved referral quality, fewer overall referrals to RACPC and shorter patient wait times. These benefits were achieved without using additional financial resources and without the time or capital expense of training GPs."

Chest pain symptom scoring can improve the quality of referrals to Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic
K Sinhji Rathod, H Ward, F Farooqi
BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 2014;3

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Improving the accuracy of operation coding in surgical discharge summaries

" We suggest that specifically designed coding tables be introduced across each surgical department to ensure accurate OPCS codes are used to produce better quality surgical discharge summaries and to ensure correct reimbursement to the Trust."

Improving the accuracy of operation coding in surgical discharge summaries
E Martinou, G Shouls, N Betambeau
BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 2014;3

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MediDial cards: a quick win for service improvement

"Through the introduction of our MediDial cards we not only reduced the frequency junior doctors needed to contact the switchboard on a daily basis, but also the length of time spent waiting to speak to an operator. The MediDial cards were also found to be time saving and more useful than the previous intranet based database."

MediDial cards: a quick win for service improvement
Mike Davies, Sonia Panchal
BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 2014;3

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

"Patient experience is a key quality outcome for modern health services, but most existing survey methods are long and setting-specific. We identified the need for a short generic questionnaire for tracking patient experience."
 
A short generic patient experience questionnaire: howRwe development and validation
T Benson, H Potts
BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:499

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Lean management and the psychosocial work environment

"As health care struggles to meet increasing demands with limited resources, Lean has become a popular management approach. It has mainly been studied in relation to health care performance. The empirical evidence as to how Lean affects the psychosocial work environment has been contradictory."

Interactions between lean management and the psychosocial work environment in a hospital setting - a multi-method study
W Ulhassan, U von Thiele Schwarz, J Thor, H Westerlund
BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:480

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