Hospital-quality factors ID'd in study

BOSTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A high number of registered nurses, technology use and non-profit status of a hospital are key determinants of quality of care, says a U.S. study.

Hospitals with those characteristics provided better care to patients with congestive heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia based on 10 performance measures, according to a study by Harvard Medical School researchers appearing in the Dec. 11 Archives of Internal Medicine.


The study was based on nationwide data from 4,000 hospitals collected by accrediting organizations and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Overall, 76 percent of patients hospitalized with the three conditions received recommended care.

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