Quality Of Care

Author: Elizabeth Letts
Publisher: New American Library
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A dedicated obstetrician, Clara Raymond comes face to face with her childhood friend, Lydia Benson, who had once saved Clara's life following a horseback-riding accident, a brief reunion that ends in tragedy and sends Clara on an odyssey back to her California past and to a rediscovery of the meaning of life. A first novel. Original.

Improving The Quality Of Care In Nursing Homes

Author: Thomas T. H. Wan
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801897184
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The book also examines specific factors related to measuring and improving care, including government encouragement and sanctions, staffing policies, and the integration of technology into practice. Throughout, the authors make recommendations grounded in sound methodology and real-world experience. --

Improving The Quality Of Care In Nursing Homes

Author: Committee on Nursing Home Regulation
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309036461
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As more people live longer, the need for quality long-term care for the elderly will increase dramatically. This volume examines the current system of nursing home regulations, and proposes an overhaul to better provide for those confined to such facilities. It determines the need for regulations, and concludes that the present regulatory system is inadequate, stating that what is needed is not more regulation, but better regulation. This long-anticipated study provides a wealth of useful background information, in-depth study, and discussion for nursing home administrators, students, and teachers in the health care field; professionals involved in caring for the elderly; and geriatric specialists.

Quality Health Care

Author: Robert C. Lloyd
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
ISBN: 9780763748050
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Written By An Internationally-Recognized Expert In The Field Of Quality Management, This Book Will Serve As Your Guide For Planning And Implementing A Successful Quality Measurement Program In Your Healthcare Facility. It Begins By Presenting An Overview Of The Context For Quality Measurement, The Forces Influencing The Demand For Quality Reform, How To Listen To The Voice Of The Customer, And The Characteristics Of Quality That Customers Value Most. You’Ll Also Learn How To Select And Define Indicators To Collect Data And How To Organize Data Into A Dashboard That Can Provide Feedback On Your Progress Toward Quality Measurement. Finally, This Book Shows You How To Analyze Your Data By Detailing How Variation Lives In Your Data, And Whether This Variation Is Acceptable. Case Studies Are Provided To Demonstrate How Quality Measurement Can Be Applied To Clinical As Well As Operational Aspects Of Healthcare Delivery.

Improving The Quality Of Health Care For Mental And Substance Use Conditions

Author: Institute of Medicine
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 9780309133661
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Each year, more than 33 million Americans receive health care for mental or substance-use conditions, or both. Together, mental and substance-use illnesses are the leading cause of death and disability for women, the highest for men ages 15-44, and the second highest for all men. Effective treatments exist, but services are frequently fragmented and, as with general health care, there are barriers that prevent many from receiving these treatments as designed or at all. The consequences of this are seriousâ€"for these individuals and their families; their employers and the workforce; for the nation’s economy; as well as the education, welfare, and justice systems. Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions examines the distinctive characteristics of health care for mental and substance-use conditions, including payment, benefit coverage, and regulatory issues, as well as health care organization and delivery issues. This new volume in the Quality Chasm series puts forth an agenda for improving the quality of this care based on this analysis. Patients and their families, primary health care providers, specialty mental health and substance-use treatment providers, health care organizations, health plans, purchasers of group health care, and all involved in health care for mental and substanceâ€"use conditions will benefit from this guide to achieving better care.

Circles Of Care

Author: Ann Cason
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834830205
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"My parent needs help, but refuses to consider a nursing home." That’s the dilemma facing millions of baby boomers today. How can we ensure responsible, compassionate, even uplifting care for our aging parents at home? Mindfulness is key, Ann Cason writes. Good care begins with watching and listening, with entering the elder's world and accepting it. Drawing on decades of experience in caring for the elderly, Cason helps us understand how old age feels and how we can help. Then, through exercises, care studies, and numerous examples and suggestions, Circles of Care shows how to: • Work out a plan of care • Assemble and foster a caregiving team • Create an uplifting daily routine—and vary it creatively • Plan nutrition, medical needs, finances, and outings • Improve the elder’s personal care and physical environment • Ease conflicts between elders and their caregivers or families • Avoid caregiver burnout • Work with mood swings, confusion, and memory loss

Impact Of Healthcare Informatics On Quality Of Patient Care And Health Services

Author: Divya Srinivasan Sridhar
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1482209365
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Recent healthcare reform and its provisions have pushed health information technology (HIT) into the forefront. Higher life expectancies, fewer medical errors, lower costs, and improved transparency are all possible through HIT. Taking an integrated approach, Impact of Healthcare Informatics on Quality of Patient Care and Health Services examines the various types of organizations, including nonprofit hospitals, for-profit hospitals, community health centers, and government hospitals. By doing so, it provides you with a comparative perspective of how different organizations adapt and use the technology. The first part of the book covers the basics of HIT. It explains the significant changes that the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) will bring about for stakeholders. This section includes coverage of key organizational cultural factors, management changes that will result from HIT, hospital financing changes that may take effect, a cost-benefit analysis of electronic medical records (EMRs), and the numerous organizational behavior changes stimulated by HIT. The second part of the book focuses on the broader community: the patient, the physician, government, and how HIT will impact each. These chapters cover quality of care and cost impacts on the patient from HIT, changes for patients of varying socioeconomic statuses, physician perceptions of HIT, medical malpractice lawsuits involving the use of HIT, bioterrorism, and use of EMRs. The book also includes a discussion about mobile health, and how a rapidly growing mobile health generation is changing the face of healthcare as we know it.

Improving The Quality Of Long Term Care

Author: Institute of Medicine
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 9780309132749
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Among the issues confronting America is long-term care for frail, older persons and others with chronic conditions and functional limitations that limit their ability to care for themselves. Improving the Quality of Long-Term Care takes a comprehensive look at the quality of care and quality of life in long-term care, including nursing homes, home health agencies, residential care facilities, family members and a variety of others. This book describes the current state of long-term care, identifying problem areas and offering recommendations for federal and state policymakers. Who uses long-term care? How have the characteristics of this population changed over time? What paths do people follow in long term care? The committee provides the latest information on these and other key questions. This book explores strengths and limitations of available data and research literature especially for settings other than nursing homes, on methods to measure, oversee, and improve the quality of long-term care. The committee makes recommendations on setting and enforcing standards of care, strengthening the caregiving workforce, reimbursement issues, and expanding the knowledge base to guide organizational and individual caregivers in improving the quality of care.