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Quality improvement practices in clinical and anatomic pathology services. A College of American Pathologists Q-probes study of the program characteristics and performance in 580 institutions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7942618     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Participants of the College of American Pathologists Q-Probes program described their quality improvement practices for clinical and anatomic pathology. In 580 institutions, the median time required for a median of 12 indicators of quality was 40 hours/month, with the number of indicators and the time spent directly dependent on bed size (P = .0001). The overwhelming majority of participants reported benefit from their quality improvement programs in terms of patient outcomes, as a management tool, and for risk management. Six indicators in clinical pathology and four indicators in anatomic pathology were used in more than 75% of laboratories, whereas an additional seven indicators in clinical pathology and five in anatomic pathology were used in more than 50% of laboratories. The authors conclude that quality improvement practices are similar among laboratories, and irrespective of increasing regulatory requirements, pathologists and senior laboratory personnel spend large amounts of time for activities that they believe improve the quality of services rendered.
P Bachner; P J Howanitz; R W Lent
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of clinical pathology     Volume:  102     ISSN:  0002-9173     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Clin. Pathol.     Publication Date:  1994 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-11-22     Completed Date:  1994-11-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370470     Medline TA:  Am J Clin Pathol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  567-71     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pathology, United Hospital Medical Center, Port Chester, New York.
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MeSH Terms
Pathology, Clinical*
Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration*
Quality Control
Societies, Medical
Total Quality Management / organization & administration*
United States

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