How following hospital quality measures can kill patients

Provactive title, eh?

From Kevin MD‘s comments on WhiteCoat’s post:

Here’s what happens when you give so much attention and influence to such a crude instrument.

Following quality measures can make or break a hospital’s reputation, especially if they are being widely advertised. Patients often make health care choices based on whether doctors following quality measures.

However, as these measures are currently constructed, they often ignore the nuance surrounding many cases.

Emergency physician WhiteCoat cites two examples where he failed to follow quality measures, and was labeled “out of compliance” with the guidelines.

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