Quality Efforts for Reducing Mortality in Neurosurgery


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© 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Recently, mortality rates have increasingly been used as proxies for quality of care and determinants of hospital reimbursements. As a result, there has been an emphasis on implementing various quality initiatives in order to help reduce the disparaging mortality rates. When reviewing the quality and safety initiatives in neurosurgery, the best approaches are multifactorial. Recent quality improvement initiatives have focused on three main goals including (1) improvement of communication and coordination of care between providers, (2) enhancement of documentation to more accurately reflect patients' severity of illness, and (3) implementation of prospective reviews of adverse events. Hospitals and neurosurgery departments are encouraged to employ and report the impact of their respective quality initiatives, as well as detail the interventions in order to optimize the best approach in reducing neurosurgery mortality rates and improving overall patient care.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Elsamadicy, AA; Sergesketter, A; Gottfried, ON

Published Date

  • February 28, 2018

Book Title

  • Quality and Safety in Neurosurgery

Start / End Page

  • 177 - 188

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780128128985

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/B978-0-12-812898-5.00014-X

Citation Source

  • Scopus