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Toyota's management practices may improve the quality of hospital care
Date:3/19/2013

red on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest.

The researchers then assessed the relationship of management practices with "process of care measures," such as staff communication, patient handoffs and discharges, as well as 30-day readmission and 30-day mortality rates for heart attack patients.

The scientists found wide differences in management practices across hospitals. Fewer than 20 percent of hospitals scored a "4" or "5" (best practice) on more than nine of the 18 practice measures. Higher management practice scores were associated with lower 30-day mortality rates and better performance on heart attack process of care measures. Higher scores were not associated with lower 30-day readmission rates.

"Many of these manufacturing practices are relatively moderate in scope and do not require substantial capital investment. Our results suggest future directions for hospital management practices and quality of care," said McConnell.


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