Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
This article describes a process developed by Eastern Mercy Health System (EMHS), headquartered in Radnor, PA, to identify opportunities for quality improvement using defined outcome-based indicators in skilled nursing and long-term care (SN/LTC). The model is built on collaboration among the system's freestanding and hospital-based facilities; it includes a cyclical approach to the exchange of information.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
OBJECTIVE: In the design of an experiment, it is important that all significant sources of error be identified and characterized accurately before the experiment is executed. For many experiments, the experiment designer is less inclined to ignore significant error factors when he adopts the use of an error budget in his experiment design process. A plan for generating an accurate error budget is presented along with a discussion concerning the disposition of significant error sources.
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is a frequently used but controversial adjunct to the treatment of chronic low back pain (LBP). Acupuncture is now considered to be effective for chronic LBP and health care systems are pressured to make a decision whether or not acupuncture should be covered. It has been suggested that providing such services might reduce the use of other health care services. Therefore, we explored factors associated with acupuncture treatment for LBP and the relation of acupuncture with other health care services.