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Health care quality

Health care quality is a level of value provided by any health care resource, as determined by some measurement. As with quality in other fields, it is an assessment of whether something is good enough and whether it is suitable for its purpose. The goal of health care is to provide medical resources of high quality to all who need them; that is, to ensure good quality of life, cure illnesses when possible, to extend life expectancy, and so on. Researchers use a variety of quality measures to attempt to determine health care quality, including counts of a therapys reduction or lessening of ...

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is one of twelve agencies within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is headquartered in North Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. It was established as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research as a constituent unit of the Public Health Service under the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989, December 19, 1989, to enhance the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of health care services and access to care by conducting and supporting research, demonstration projects, and evaluation ...

Antimicrobial stewardship

Antimicrobial stewardship is the systematic effort to educate and persuade prescribers of antimicrobials to follow evidence-based prescribing, in order to stem antibiotic overuse, and thus antimicrobial resistance. AMS has been an organized effort of specialists in infectious diseases, both in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics with their respective peer-organizations, hospital pharmacists, the public health community and their professional organizations since the late 1990s. It has first been implemented in hospitals. In the U.S., within the context of physicians prescribing freedom, AMS ha ...

Avedis Donabedian

Avedis Donabedian was a physician and founder of the study of quality in health care and medical outcomes research, most famously as a creator of The Donabedian Model of care.

Biomaterials Access Assurance Act of 1998

Biomaterials Access Assurance Act of 1998 is a United States federal statute establishing liability exemptions for biomaterial suppliers selling chemical components and raw materials utilized in implantable devices for human recipients. The United States federal legislation sets forth rules limiting litigation costs or unwarranted lawsuits for biomaterial suppliers excluded from the design, production, and testing of implantable devices demonstrated as effective and safe to include adequate product warnings. The H.R. 872 bill was passed by the 105th United States Congressional session and ...

Theresa Brown (author)

Theresa Brown, PhD, BSN, RN, is an American clinical nurse, frequent contributor to The New York Times and author. New York Times columnist for Bedside from 2012-2015, she was previously a contributor to the Times blog "Well". Her first book, Critical Care, was published in 2010 by Harper Studio, an imprint of HarperCollins. Her second book, The Shift, will be released on September 22, 2015, published by Algonquin Books.