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Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
Date:3/31/2009

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Even though the Leapfrog Safe Practices Survey has problems, Dudley said prior research has validated the first three portions of the survey.

With health-care costs soaring and consumers demanding more information, determining how to best measure hospital quality is growing in importance.

"We need to do more of it," said Dudley, founder of CalHospitalCompare.org, a site that rates California hospitals. "We need to develop new tools. Unfortunately, this one appears not to be a effective tool."

More information

The Agency for Heathcare Research and Quality has more on hospital quality.



SOURCES: R. Adams Dudley, M.D., associate professor, medicine and health policy, University of California, San Francisco; Debby Rogers, vice president, quality and emergency services, California Hospital Association; Nancy Foster, vice president, quality and patient safety policy, American Hospital Association; April 1, 2009, Journal of the American Medical Association


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