Considerations in Measuring Outcomes in Acute Pediatric Care The present structure of the U.S. health care system has mandated a change in the delivery of clinical care. In the acute care medical environment this translates into alterations in the manner in which practitioners render service. The primary objective of acute care settings is to provide comprehensive service to ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 1998
Considerations in Measuring Outcomes in Acute Pediatric Care
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  • Beth I. Solomon
    W. G. Magnuson Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
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Article   |   April 01, 1998
Considerations in Measuring Outcomes in Acute Pediatric Care
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, April 1998, Vol. 8, 13-16. doi:10.1044/aas8.1.13
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, April 1998, Vol. 8, 13-16. doi:10.1044/aas8.1.13
The present structure of the U.S. health care system has mandated a change in the delivery of clinical care. In the acute care medical environment this translates into alterations in the manner in which practitioners render service. The primary objective of acute care settings is to provide comprehensive service to patients at the lowest possible cost. With cost cutting measures in place and the additions of service delivery platforms, alternatives, such as rehabilitation hospitals and subacute facilities, acute care providers face the following consequences:
  1. Shortened lengths of stay,

  2. Less labor-intense diagnostic and therapeutic interventions,

  3. Reductions in the use of expensive instrumental procedures, and

  4. Dictates concerning which patients to treat (Frattali, 1998; Sonies, 1997).

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