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Study Finds Approaches Designed for Manufacturing, Technology Sectors May Improve Patient Care
A new AHRQ-funded study found that manufacturing management practices, including Toyota’s “Lean” methodologies, may be beneficial in helping hospitals achieve high-quality health care outcomes. Researchers have long surmised that management techniques successful in manufacturing and technology sectors may improve health care quality. However, little evidence exists about how these practices are disseminated in hospitals and whether they are associated with better performance. The study, “Management Practices and the Quality of Care in Cardiac Units,” which appeared online March 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that the manufacturing management practices were associated with higher process-of-care measures and lower 30-day mortality due to acute myocardial infarction. Select to access the abstract on JAMA Internal Medicine.