The National Quality Forum has endorsed a framework it says will standardize public reporting of adverse events such as patient accidents and healthcare-associated infections.
The framework is made up of seven guidelines for use in collecting data and reporting patient-safety events, the NQF said in a news release. For instance, the framework provides guidance on how best to protect patient confidentiality; how to report serious, low-frequency events; and how to display adverse-event data in ways that are most accurate and easy-to-understand.
"Clear, focused, consumer-oriented public reporting of safety events is vital to truly improve the safety of patient care," said Janet Corrigan, NQF's president and CEO. "This framework helps us focus not only on what should be reported, but also on how it should be reported.”
The guidelines will help providers convey complex information in a way that is meaningful for consumers, Ann Monroe, president of Community Health Foundation of Western & Central New York, said in the release. Monroe co-chaired the NQF's steering committee on public reporting.