The epidemiology of delays in a teaching hospital. The development and use of a tool that detects unnecessary hospital days.

@article{Selker1989TheEO,
  title={The epidemiology of delays in a teaching hospital. The development and use of a tool that detects unnecessary hospital days.},
  author={Harry P. Selker and Joni R. Beshansky and Steven G Pauker and Jerome P. Kassirer},
  journal={Medical care},
  year={1989},
  volume={27 2},
  pages={112-29}
}
This study's purpose was to develop a tool that detects, quantifies, and assigns causes for medically unnecessary hospital delays and use it to describe the epidemiology of delays at a teaching tertiary care hospital. Based on observational data, a taxonomy of delays was constructed that included nine major categories and 166 subcategories. This formed the basis for an instrument for detecting inefficiency in hospital care: the Delay Tool. Initially designed for real-time concurrent assessment… CONTINUE READING

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