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Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2007 Annual Conference

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How can we measure adverse events?

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  • Most organizations: Voluntary reporting is the only mechanism available
    • Anecdotal
    • Misses the majority of events
  • Chart review:
    • Very resource-intensive
    • Variable in effectiveness (e.g., implicit vs. explicit review methodologies)
    • Not comprehensive
  • Computerized surveillance: effective, but rarely employed
    • Specialized IT requirements
    • Still requires significant clinical resources

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