The Many Perspectives of Quality and Safety in Neurosurgery

David L Freeman, Daniel J. Guillaume

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Recent years have seen a steady increase in the attention paid to quality and safety with regard to hospitalized patients. The topic has transitioned from being a lofty ideal to one that is put into practice in a myriad of ways in hospitals across the country every day. This evolution has taken several decades and shapes a great deal how care is provided for current neurosurgical patients. This chapter discusses the variety of different perspectives among those involved in quality and safety initiatives as pertaining to neurosurgery patients, including clinical care providers, allied health professionals, patients, administrators, and payers. We discuss the layers of complexity added with each perspective, and the challenges faced in improving safety and quality from all perspectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationQuality and Safety in Neurosurgery
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780128128992
ISBN (Print)9780128128985
StatePublished - Feb 28 2018


  • Communication
  • Database
  • Mortality and morbidity (M&M)
  • Neurosurgery
  • Patient-centered
  • Quality
  • Quality improvement (QI)
  • Safety
  • Standards
  • Survey


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