The year was 1976. Our nation celebrated its bicentennial. Jimmy Carter defeated President Ford. "Charlie's Angels" made its TV debut. Disco fever was epidemic.
It was also the year Modern Healthcare changed ownership, becoming part of Crain Communications. This summer, the magazine is marking its 25th anniversary with the company, culminating with a special section in the July 23 issue that will take a look at the past quarter-century in healthcare.
Last month, we asked readers for their opinions about what has transpired during that period. Which healthcare sectors have witnessed the most change, and has that change led to improvements in healthcare delivery?
When asked to rate the quality of healthcare today vs. 25 years ago, 43% of respondents said it has improved, and 27% called it much improved. Only 5% said the quality of healthcare has declined significantly.
Meanwhile, 41% of respondents rated the effectiveness of healthcare leadership during the period as fair, and another 24% rated it poor. Just 3% graded the industry's leadership excellent.
Regarding the level of service in healthcare today compared with 25 years ago, 42% said it's worse, and another 10% considered it much worse. Only 9% rated it much improved.
When asked which healthcare sector has experienced the most change, respondents most often cited medical technology, 22%, followed by hospitals and other provider organizations, 19%, and information technology, 17%.
Some 244 respondents completed the unscientific survey, which was conducted in partnership with ERC Dataplus, a Norwalk, Conn.-based polling and human resources technology firm. Complete results are available at www.modernhealthcare.com.
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