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Aust Health Rev. 2012 May;36(2):163-8. doi: 10.1071/AH10972.

Variation in the adoption of patient safety practices among New Zealand district health boards.

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Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand. raymonts@vodafone.co.nz

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the adoption and impact of quality improvement measures in New Zealand hospitals.

METHOD:

Structured interviews with quality and safety managers of District Health Boards (DHBs). Correlation of use of measures with adjusted 30-day mortality data.

RESULTS:

Eighteen of New Zealand's 21 DHBs participated in the survey. Structural or policy measures to improve patient safety, such as credentialing and event reporting procedures, had been introduced into all DHBs, whereas changes to general clinical processes such as medicine reconciliation, falls prevention interventions and disease-specific management guidelines were less consistently used. There was no meaningful correlation between risk-adjusted mortality rates for three common medical conditions and related quality measures.

CONCLUSION:

Widespread variation exists among New Zealand DHBs in their adoption of quality and safety practices, especially in relation to clinical processes of care.

PMID:
22624637
DOI:
10.1071/AH10972
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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