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Mar 2014
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Variation in medical practice has become a major topic of inquiry for health services researchers. Investigators have frequently documented variation in the way in which health services are delivered, both among individual clinicians and across geographic areas, and have found that such variation often cannot be explained by...

Dec 2014
Completed
This special report provides information on the mechanisms and circumstances surrounding deaths where the person was an operator or passenger of a two-, three- or four-wheeled vehicle or motorised agricultural vehicle (collectively referred to as ‘off-road vehicles’ in this report). The key findings from the...

Dec 2014
Completed
Patient Safety Week was an awareness raising week run by the Health Quality & Safety Commission as part of the Open for better care campaign. The purpose of the week, which ran from 3 to 9 November 2014, was to: create focus, energy, momentum and raise...

2014
Completed
Hand Hygiene New Zealand (HHNZ) has contracted with the Health Quality & Safety Commission since 2011 to improve hand hygiene in New Zealand hospitals. This rapid evaluation (available to download below) aimed to assess the impact the programme has had to date, and whether it had affected clinical...

Jul 2015
Completed
This report examines health literacy demands on both whānau and health services around asthma management for Māori children. It makes a number of recommendations to address health literacy to improve asthma outcomes for Māori children. Recommendations focus on health system, health organisation and health...

Mar 2013
Completed
This literature review was prepared by Workbase for the Health Quality & Safety Commission. It provides guidance for the development of the training tools and resources that have been prepared for the Health Literacy Medication Safety demonstration project. This project aims to provide key pharmacy...

Aug 2013
Completed
Poisoning has been defined as injury to, and destruction of, bodily cells through the ingestion, inhalation, injection or absorption of toxic substances (World Health Organization 2008). In Western countries there are two demographic peaks of poisoning activity and deaths. The first is unintentional exploratory poisonings, where...

Mar 2013
Completed
Suffocation, foreign body inhalation and strangulation are well-recognised causes of death in the paediatric age group. Data from the United States and United Kingdom show a significant burden of death due to unintentional suffocation, choking or strangulation. Prevention of these deaths is more likely to be...

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