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Integrating unwarranted clinical variation into quality reporting
Integrating unwarranted clinical variation into quality reporting

Unwarranted variation in procedures and outcomes (a key component of appropriate care) is a major challenge in healthcare. Reducing unwarranted variation in care processes and outcomes can reduce wasteful, unnecessary or even harmful care. Increasing attention is being paid to the rich information on care appropriateness contained in clinical registry and clinical audit data, but it can be challenging to interpret this data for broader quality monitoring purposes.

Clinical care
Clinical governance
Variation
Case Studies of clinical variation in health care
Case Studies of clinical variation in health care

As part of their work to reduce healthcare variation, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare provides a range of case studies that demonstrate how unwarranted clinical variation can be successfully addressed.

Clinical care
Clinical governance
Quality improvement
Variation
It’s not what we do but when we do it that counts…
It’s not what we do but when we do it that counts…

The public expects to receive care of the same quality whenever and wherever they receive it. Yet, research shows that care organisations do not function in the same way on each day of the week, or during the night compared with daytime hours. This ‘patterned organisation of time’, known as ‘temporal structuring’, has been explored in studies relating to seven-day-a-week services, with the ‘weekend effect’ impact on outcomes of those admitted on weekends, as one example.

Clinical care
Clinical governance
Management
Point of care
Quality improvement
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