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February 2015

Home Discharge as a Performance Metric for Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • 4Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 5Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Surg. 2015;150(2):96-97. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.1725

Physicians and surgeons face increasing pressure to demonstrate patient-centered care through performance metrics. Although surgeons have been providing patient-centered care for generations, the science of patient-centered outcomes research is nascent; the definition of patient-centered outcomes research is only a few years old.1 One common approach to increasing the patient-centeredness of care is to address longer-term patient outcomes, including postdischarge experiences, as well as functional outcomes.

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