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Clinical process improvement

Oct 2003 Issue
Cost Effectiveness Begins Between Your Ears [Improving Patient Care]

The author explains the importance of clinical judgment and physicians' ability to focus on what's important. He shares lessons that have helped him meet patients' needs while avoiding useless tests and ineffective treatments.


Jul-Aug 2003 Issue
The KISS Principle in Family Practice: Keep It Simple and Systematic [Feature]

The author explains how "systems thinking" can help family physicians improve their care across six dimensions: safety, timeliness, efficiency, effectiveness, equity and patient-centeredness.


Jun 2003 Issue
Focusing on Today's Visit [Improving Patient Care]

The article describes how one family practice uses a "today's visit" form to help patients focus on what they really want out of the current visit, leaving them more satisfied with their care and less likely to call with follow-up questions.


May 2003 Issue
Group Visits 101 [Improving Patient Care]

In addition to providing step-by-step instructions for launching group visits, the authors lay out the rationale for group visits and how to code for them.


Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors [Patient Education]


Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
The Power of Two: Improving Patient Safety Through Better Physician-Patient Communication [Improving Patient Care]

The article presents a patient handout, developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, that explains to patients how they can help their doctors provide better care.


Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
Four Principles for Better Test-Result Tracking [Feature]

The article gathers best practices in tracking patients' test results to ensure they don't fall through the cracks.


Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
Prescription Writing to Maximize Patient Safety [Feature]

This article reviews two kinds of prescription-based medication errors ? distractions and distortions ? and suggests simple techniques to help physicians prevent such errors.


Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
When Medical Errors Hit Home [Balancing Act]

The author, a family physician, contributes her thoughts on patient safety and error reduction as a doctor and as the daughter of a sick parent who received suboptimal care.


Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
What's Wrong With This Practice? [Editor's Page]

Argues that most practices are shot through with errors that can be prevented -- or at least be prevented from having adverse consequences -- by systematization.


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