• Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Genomic Testing
  • Next-Generation Imaging
  • UTUC
  • OAB and Incontinence
  • Genitourinary Cancers
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Men's Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Female Urology
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Kidney Stones
  • Urologic Surgery
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Benign Conditions
  • Prostate Cancer

The quest for quality: How to recognize and measure it


Quality improvement, pay for performance, and better patient outcomes have been major themes in health care during the past few years. However, many physicians don't fully understand how to introduce quality programs into their practices. Those who do have programs in place often don't know how to objectively measure quality health care.

For this month's column, we have interviewed Marjorie Satinsky, president of Satinsky Consulting in Durham, NC. She is an author and consultant to physicians on quality and other health care topics.

In its second report, the IOM recommends six important steps:

We asked Satinsky to focus on the last two recommendations: coordination of care by teams and implementing care processes and outcome measurements into our practices.

Patient care both within our private offices and in the hospitals or other surgical settings where we operate involves many members of the health care team, she said. For example, in our offices, administrative staff who check in patients for office visits, physicians, nurses, and other members of the clinical staff who facilitate arrangements prior to surgery all affect the patient experience. They need to work with each other as a team and collaboratively with other teams, such as those at the hospital.

The care process includes every aspect of the patient experience, from the time he/she calls your office for an appointment to the point when you complete the provision of care. Outcome measurements apply to the totality of care and to the steps along the way.

Related Videos
Neal Shore, MD, FACS, and Brian M. Shuch, MD, experts on kidney cancer
Neal Shore, MD, FACS, and Brian M. Shuch, MD, experts on kidney cancer
Blur image of hospital corridor | Image Credit: © whyframeshot - stock.adobe.com
DNA helix | Image Credit: © Siarhei - stock.adobe.com
Jenny Guo, MD, answers a question during a Zoom video interview
Blur image of hospital corridor | Image Credit: © zephyr_p - stock.adobe.com
Related Content
© 2024 MJH Life Sciences

All rights reserved.