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AHA report examines hospital progress in quality improvement

November 12, 2012

The latest AHA Trendwatch report takes a look at the gains hospitals have made in improving quality and patient safety, including reductions in healthcare-associated infections and adherence to accepted treatment protocols. In addition, the report highlights various strategies hospitals are employing to improve quality and patient safety. According to the report, hospitals use a variety of tested quality improvement approaches that generally involve five steps: identifying areas for improvement; determining what process can be modified to improve outcomes; developing and executing effective improvement strategies; tracking performance and outcomes; and disseminating results to spur broad quality improvement. Click here to view the full report.