Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Hospitals: Increased healthcare compliance improves quality of care

Date:
July 30, 2014
Source:
Baylor Scott & White Health
Summary:
New research showed that a hospital’s commitment to implementing best practices significantly improves the quality of care it provides its patients. The study’s findings sheds new light on the life-or-death importance of following best practices.

New research from the Baylor Institute for Health Care Research and Improvement showed that a hospital's commitment to implementing best practices significantly improves the quality of care it provides its patients. The study's findings, which were e-published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, sheds new light on the life-or-death importance of following best practices.

Related Articles


Led by Shahid Shafi, MD, MPH, FACS, a team of investigators conducted a study named "Compliance with Recommended Care at Trauma Centers and its Association with Patient Outcomes." The researchers sought to determine whether certain top-tier trauma centers (Baylor's included) were following a set of 22 commonly recommended practices as a measure of quality of care.

The study included five Level 1 trauma centers across the country, and while those centers varied in geography, urban/rural areas and ethnic and socioeconomic populations, investigators found one stark similarity among them: Compliance with best practices improved the outcomes of patients with major injuries.

In fact, every 10 percent increase in compliance was associated with a 14 percent reduction in the risk of death. But troublingly, the study found, not all trauma centers follow all the recommended procedures, resulting in compliance gaps to the tune of one severe statistic: Nearly one in four patients received less than half of the recommended care.

The "recommended care" included 22 evidence-based, expert-recommended approaches to diagnosis and treatment of major injuries, ranging from the administration of CT scans to antibiotics distribution. Investigators measured the hospitals' compliance to those approaches and found that it ranged from as little as 12 percent to as high as 94 percent on certain clinical practices.

"Until recently, medical research has primarily focused on finding new and better ways to treat patients," said Dr. Shafi, who has spent the past 10 years of his career on research related to measuring quality-of-care. "However, there has not been enough emphasis on 'knowledge translation.' That is the application of science to routine clinical practices. The findings of this study show that we need to put more effort into ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care, in a timely fashion."

San Antonio-based National Trauma Institute funded the study with support from the US Department of Defense (DoD). In research involving care of the injured, Dr. Shafi said, it is common for the DoD to supply funding as it has a direct impact on military personnel. This study's results, he added, could open new doors to support future extensions of the work.

"The findings of this study have led to another grant proposal that has been submitted to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as well as the US Department of Defense to incorporate evidence-based recommendations into routine clinical practices at trauma centers," he said.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Baylor Scott & White Health. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Shahid Shafi, Sunni A. Barnes, Nadine Rayan, Rustam Kudyakov, Michael Foreman, H. Gil Cryer, Hasan B. Alam, William Hoff, John Holcomb. Compliance with Recommended Care at Trauma Centers: Association with Patient Outcomes. Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 2014; 219 (2): 189 DOI: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2014.04.005

Cite This Page:

Baylor Scott & White Health. "Hospitals: Increased healthcare compliance improves quality of care." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 30 July 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140730140922.htm>.
Baylor Scott & White Health. (2014, July 30). Hospitals: Increased healthcare compliance improves quality of care. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 28, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140730140922.htm
Baylor Scott & White Health. "Hospitals: Increased healthcare compliance improves quality of care." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140730140922.htm (accessed November 28, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Friday, November 28, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Ebola Leaves Orphans Alone in Sierra Leone

Ebola Leaves Orphans Alone in Sierra Leone

AFP (Nov. 27, 2014) — The Ebola epidemic sweeping Sierra Leone is having a profound effect on the country's children, many of whom have been left without any family members to support them. Duration: 01:02 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Experimental Ebola Vaccine Shows Promise In Human Trial

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Shows Promise In Human Trial

Newsy (Nov. 27, 2014) — A recent test of a prototype Ebola vaccine generated an immune response to the disease in subjects. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Pet Dogs to Be Used in Anti-Ageing Trial

Pet Dogs to Be Used in Anti-Ageing Trial

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Nov. 26, 2014) — Researchers in the United States are preparing to discover whether a drug commonly used in human organ transplants can extend the lifespan and health quality of pet dogs. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Today's Prostheses Are More Capable Than Ever

Today's Prostheses Are More Capable Than Ever

Newsy (Nov. 26, 2014) — Advances in prosthetics are making replacement body parts stronger and more lifelike than they’ve ever been. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins