Using Integrated Outcomes to Improve Clinical Practice The reason health care organizations exist is to improve the health and well-being of patients. Too many health care organizations and providers unfortunately lost sight of that primary mission in the past decades and came to rely primarily on financial indicators to mark success. Recent trends in the industry ... Editorial
Editorial  |   July 01, 1999
Using Integrated Outcomes to Improve Clinical Practice
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Steven H. Shaha
    The Gartner Group, Stamford, CT, Institute for Integrated Outcomes, Buffalo, NY
  • Linda Brodsky
    Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Children's Hospital of Buffalo
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Editorial
Editorial   |   July 01, 1999
Using Integrated Outcomes to Improve Clinical Practice
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), July 1999, Vol. 8, 6-7. doi:10.1044/sasd8.2.6
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), July 1999, Vol. 8, 6-7. doi:10.1044/sasd8.2.6
The reason health care organizations exist is to improve the health and well-being of patients. Too many health care organizations and providers unfortunately lost sight of that primary mission in the past decades and came to rely primarily on financial indicators to mark success. Recent trends in the industry continue to verify, however, that clinical quality is consistently compromised for the sake of costs and that the focus on cost alone has been a bad mistake.
Integrated outcomes are a scientific approach to measuring and improving the full spectrum of results associated with health care processes. It emphasizes the importance of considering all the interactive and correlated effects of cost, clinical, and satisfaction as a complete outcomes set. Through integrated outcomes, treatments and processes are optimized to achieve the maximum positive impacts of all three types of outcomes simultaneously in contrast to traditional measurement and reporting approaches focused on cost at the compromise of care.
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