Improving the quality of healthcare delivery is a cornerstone of modern medical care shared between all stakeholders.
However, effectively improving quality requires both an understanding of the tenets of healthcare quality and how they relate to an individual disease process.
Dr Rena Yadlapati and colleagues identified quality metrics in gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and the areas in need of research to improve the quality of the management of GERD.
This is especially important for common diseases, such as GERD, where wide variations in practice exist.
The researchers found that a high prevalence of GERD coupled with wide variation in clinical approach results in significant economic burden and poor quality of care.
Thus, GERD serves as a useful framework to highlight the opportunities and current challenges of delivering high-quality care.
Dr Yadlapati's team concludes, "We suggest strategies for improvement as it relates to the proper diagnostic testing utilization and the decision-making process."