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Within the last several years, public reporting of standardized measures of hospital quality has become an important component of quality improvement activities at national and local levels. Landon et al linked performance data submitted to either the Hospital Quality Alliance or the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for the first half of 2004 to American Hospital Association data on hospital characteristics and examined the associations between hospital characteristics and quality care. Patients are more likely to receive high-quality care in not-for-profit hospitals and hospitals with high registered nurse staffing ratios and more investment in technology.
In This Issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Arch Intern Med. 2006;166(22):2427. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.22.2427
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