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Patient Care Quality shows improvement over a seven-year period

Accreditation Connection, January 18, 2010

The fourth annual report released by The Joint Commission shows there has been a steady increase in improvement across America in the quality of patient care, according to a report issued by The Joint Commission on January 14, 2010.

The report, Improving America's Hospitals: The Joint Commission's Report on Quality and Safety 2009, provides scientific evidence of improvements regarding quality measures reflecting the best evidence-based treatments for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia.

Data taken from the report shows an improvement in heart attack care from 86.9% in 2002, to 96.7% in 2008, and an overall improvement for treating heart failure and pneumonia. Despite the fact that patient care quality has seen great improvement over a seven-year period, the report makes it clear there is still room for improvement.

To read more on the report's results, click here.

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