From Institute for Healthcare Improvement via Health Insight. Boutwell, A. Reduced Readmissions - Reform’s Low-Hanging Fruit: How can we be sure it’s within our grasp? Healthcare Executive March/April 2011
Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies
From Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Vol 7: Care Coordination Shojania KG, McDonald KM, Wachter RM, Owens DK, editors. Technical Review 9 (Prepared by Stanford-UCSF Evidence-Based Practice Center under contract No. 290-02-0017). AHRQ Publication No. 04(07)-0051-7. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. June 2007
This paper develops a working definition of care coordination, applies it to a review of systematic reviews, and identifies theoretical frameworks that might predict or explain how care coordination mechanisms are influenced by factors in the health care setting and how they relate to patient outcomes and health care costs.
The Karnofsky Performance Scale Index allows patients to be classified as to their functional impairment. This can be used to compare effectiveness of different therapies and to assess the prognosis in individual patients. The lower the Karnofsky score, the worse the survival for most serious illnesses.