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The Codman Competition: Rewarding Excellence in Performance Measurement, 1997–2006

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Background: Since 1997 the Ernest Amory Codman Award, the only health care award that recognizes excellence in performance measurement, has honored organizations and individuals for their use of process and outcomes measures to improve organization performance and quality of care.

Individual Award Winners: The individual Codman award winners have advanced measurement of systems performance, health outcomes, and customer satisfaction.

Organization Award Winners: Forty-two organizations have been selected as winners. The work for which these organizations were recognized was categorized as improvements in direct patient care services, improved effectiveness of care through better teamwork, interdisciplinary planning, improvement of administrative processes, and improved quality of care in large regions or health care systems. Case studies from four organizations that have won the Codman award each represents a lesson or theme that may be instructive for other health care organizations—(1) the need for catalysts or agents of change, (2) evidence-based clinical pathways are essential for delivering optimal care to patients in large organizations, (3) quality assessment and improvement methods from other industries can be successfully applied to health care, (4) as health care is increasingly delivered by large networks and systems, quality takes on regional and even national relevance.

Conclusion: The scope of Codman's endeavors is reflected in the array of quality improvement projects selected as Codman award winners.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Publication date: November 1, 2006

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  • Published monthly, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to providing health professionals with the information they need to promote the quality and safety of health care. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety invites original manuscripts on the development, adaptation, and/or implementation of innovative thinking, strategies, and practices in improving quality and safety in health care. Case studies, program or project reports, reports of new methodologies or new applications of methodologies, research studies on the effectiveness of improvement interventions, and commentaries on issues and practices are all considered.

    Also known as Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement and Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
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