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Translating Operational Research to the Medical Communit to Improve the Quality Healthcare Delivery

Translating Operational Research to the Medical Communit to Improve the Quality Healthcare Delivery


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Despite the ubiquity problems with pay-for-performance and other quality improvement initiatives, there is little in the way of objective evidence that these efforts have improved the quality of care. In part, it may be because the measurements selected are used to “grade� instead of guide improvement efforts. We propose using operational research methods that include how to develop “guiding measurements� to improve care. We show that use of this type of guiding measurements can lead to improved patient understanding, throughput, and satisfaction in a pediatric nephrology ambulatory care clinic, and may have wider applications across the continuum of care.