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Results Delivered: Quality Improvement Efforts Yield Lower C-Section Rate

January 26, 2017

A new study, supported by CRICO funds and led by Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center clinician-researchers, has found that hospital-led interventions over a seven-year period were instrumental to a significant reduction in the hospital’s cesarean delivery rate. READ MORE >

Hospital-Led Interventions Associated with Significant Reduction in Cesarean Rate

January 26, 2017

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) posted on it’s website about their new study supported by CRICO. Led by BIDMC clinician-researchers, the study measured the impact of quality improvement efforts.  READ MORE >

Surgeon as the Second Victim? Results of the Boston Intraoperative Adverse Events Surgeons’ Attitude (BISA) Study

January 16, 2017

An intraoperative adverse event (iAE) is often directly attributable to the surgeon’s technical error and/or suboptimal intraoperative judgment. This study out of one of CRICO’s insured institutions—Massachusetts General Hospital—was conducted to examine the psychological impact of intraoperative adverse events (iAE) on surgeons as well as the surgeons’ attitude about iAE reporting. CRICO is identified as one of the iAE reporting options.

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Processes for Identifying and Reviewing Adverse Events and Near Misses at an American Medical Center

January 1, 2017

This CRICO-funded study, published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, identified conferences, processes, and/or meetings in which adverse events and near misses were reviewed within clinical programs at a single academic medical center.

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Delayed Workup of Rectal Bleeding in Adult Primary Care

January 1, 2017

Although delayed colorectal cancer diagnoses figure prominently in medical malpractice claims, little was known about the quality of primary care clinicians’ workup of rectal bleeding. In this CRICO-funded study published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, researchers examined the association of process failures with overall quality and guideline concordance. CRICO’s Colon Cancer Screening and Diagnosis Guidelines were used to determine concordance of care.    READ MORE >

A Quality Improvement Approach to Rheumatoid Arthritis Management With Biologic Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs: Assessing Variability in a Treatment Pathway

January 1, 2017

A quality improvement project to improve rheumatoid arthritis management in clinical practice was supported by CRICO funds. The aim of the research was to understand the variability in prescribing practices of rheumatologists and reducing this variability if and when appropriate.

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