Title

Innovations in clinical practice through hospital-funded grants

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation

Date

6-1-1990

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Cost-Benefit Analysis; Diffusion of Innovation; Economics, Hospital; Hospital Bed Capacity, 500 and over; *Hospitals, Teaching; Humans; Institutional Practice; Length of Stay; Patient Care Planning; *Research Support; Technology Assessment, Biomedical

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Women's Studies

Abstract

Improving patient outcomes while controlling the costs of care requires a partnership between clinical researchers and hospital management. To this end, Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York, dedicated hospital operating funds to a program of small grants designed to align the patient care and academic interests of clinicians with the goals of efficient hospital management. The grants gave clinicians an opportunity to test the efficacy of specific patient care maneuvers. These studies resulted in improved guidelines for the use of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities, new technology, and length of hospitalization. Annual marginal cost savings from implementing the first-year study results are projected to be $587,255, an 8 to 1 return on the first year's expenses. The authors conclude that a hospital-funded applied research program encourages those delivering patient care to identify inefficiencies and introduce change while ensuring quality patient care. This joint faculty-management effort can augment the hospital's quality-assurance, utilization management, and technology assessment programs while advancing the scholarship of faculty members.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Acad Med. 1990 Jun;65(6):355-60.

Related Resources

Link to article in PubMed

PubMed ID

2115337