September 21, 2010
"Information technology promises to improve health care through reporting of standardized quality-of-care measures. In 2008, the National Quality Forum (NQF) first endorsed performance measures for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS care. Little is known about performance on these measures in routine medical practice," the authors wrote in introducing the current study.
The team assessed performance using available electronic data for the large, diverse population with HIV in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and evaluated the influence of patient and resource factors.
In a retrospective analysis of observational data for 21,564 HIV patients receiving care through the VA in 2008, the investigators determined performance rates for 10 NQF measures for HIV/AIDS care for the VA nationwide and for 73 facilities with caseloads of 100 or more HIV patients.
Archives of Internal Medicine
07.26.2010; Vol. 170; No. 14: P. 1239-1246; Lisa I. Backus, MD, PhD; Derek B. Boothroyd, PhD; Barbara R. Phillips, PhD; Pamela S. Belperio, PharmD; James P. Halloran, RN, MSN, CNS; Ronald O. Valdeserri, MD, MPH; Larry A. Mole, PharmD
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