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Healthcare-associated infections: getting the balance right in safety and quality v. public reporting

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Mitchell, BG and Gardner, A and McGregor, A, Healthcare-associated infections: getting the balance right in safety and quality v. public reporting, Australian Health Review, 36, (4) pp. 365-366. ISSN 0156-5788 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 AHHA

DOI: doi:10.1071/AH11200

Abstract

Healthcare settings are dangerous places. For those receiving care, the risk of unintended harm from healthcare failures continues to be significant. Given this, there is a need to monitor standards in healthcare, not only to identify potential issues, but also to plan and evaluate interventions aimed at improving healthcare standards. Public reporting of performance standards is one aspect to monitoring standards, but not the only one. Public reporting also brings with it challenges. This perspective explores the recent move to publicly report one healthcare-associated infection (HAI) on the MyHospitals website and comments on the broader issue of using existing HAI data for the purposes of public reporting.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response)
Author:Mitchell, BG (Mr Brett Mitchell)
ID Code:80824
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2012-11-13
Last Modified:2013-06-12
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