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Quality of Care Assessment: The Role of Faculty at Academic Medical Centers.
Brook, Robert H.
Currently, there is not a single university medical center in which an acceptable routine system to assure quality of care has been established. This may result from reliance on the structure of the medical education process as a proxy measure to assure that physicians perform appropriately in their role. Several studies have been conducted to determine quality of care at both university and community hospitals; the results emphasize a need for immediate implementation of a controlled quality assurance system. This system should include a "uniform hospital discharge abstract," noting patient characteristics, diagnosis, procedures, length of stay, patient's condition at time of discharge, and physician. The system should be coupled with a series of routine studies which examine the process and outcome of care for selected patients. A quality assurance system based on the statistical data from these studies is the only way the deficiencies of medical education can be validly and reliably identified. (NE)
Descriptors: Faculty, Medical Education, Medical Evaluation, Medical Services, Medical Students, Medicine, Quality Control
Robert Brook, 12201 Village Sq. Terrace, Apt. 201, Rockville, MD. 20852
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