Cover_August2014.jpgAugust 2014 | Volume 97 | Issue 8

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Table of Contents

 

COVER STORY

How 10 high achievers do it
Clinics share their quality-improvement strategies
BY HOWARD BELL


FEATURES

Data in a new light 
How one clinic has gone beyond quality reporting.
BY CARMEN PEOTA

The doctor of common sense 
Infectious disease expert Phillip Peterson has written a book to help physicians and patients make medical decisions.
BY JEANNE METTNER

Choosing (your words) wisely 
Guthrie actors help physicians navigate difficult conversations with patients.
BY KIM KISER
 

CLINICAL AND HEALTH AFFAIRS

The Patient Experience: Mining the Data to Improve Your Score 
BY BARBARA DAIKER, PH.D., R.N.

Teaching Patients to Protect Themselves during Care Transitions: A Patient Safety Campaign 
BY MARIE DOTSETH

Pediatric Emergency Care in Minnesota: It’s Time to Bring Up Our Grade 
PAULA FINK KOCKEN, M.D.

Comparative Effectiveness Research in Clinical Practice 
BY WILLIAM F. LAWRENCE, M.D., M.S., STEPHANIE CHANG, M.D., M.P.H., ROBERT L. KANE, M.D., AND TIMOTHY J. WILT, M.D., M.P.H.

Editor's Note 
Under surveillance
BY CHARLES R. MEYER, M.D.

Pulse 
Speaking of safety, adverse event reporting, why doctors are measured to the max

The Physician Advocate
The MMA's monthly report on policy, people and politics
New legislative studies and committees; a roundup of health care-related laws, President Cindy Firkins Smith on the art of medicine.

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My final electronic signature 
A POEM BY SAPNA SADARANGANI, M.B.B.S.