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Meeks DW, Meyer AN, Rose B
Exploring new avenues to assess the sharp end of patient safety: an analysis of nationally aggregated peer review data.
The researchers described outcomes of peer review within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system and identified opportunities to leverage peer review data for measurement and improvement of safety. Results showed that the most common process contributing to substandard care was 'timing and appropriateness of treatment'; approximately 16% had diagnosis-related performance concerns. The authors concluded that peer review may be a useful tool for healthcare organizations to assess their sharp end clinical performance, particularly safety events related to diagnostic and treatment errors.
Citation: Meeks DW, Meyer AN, Rose B . Exploring new avenues to assess the sharp end of patient safety: an analysis of nationally aggregated peer review data. BMJ Qual Saf 2014 Dec;23(12):1023-30. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003239.
Keywords: Adverse Events, Medical Errors, Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Veterans