According to the first national study of hospital board chairs linked to quality performance, just half the boards rated quality of care as one of their two top priorities and only a minority reported receiving training in quality.  The study was published today on the Health Affairs Web site.

“Most boards have primarily focused on financial issues, mistakenly assuming that their hospital’s quality of care is adequate,” says lead author Ashish Jha.  “Major opportunities exist to shift the knowledge, training, and practices of hospital boards to promote a focus on safe, effective care.”

The findings of this study are cited in a cover story in this coming Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, entitled “Making Health Care Better,” by David Leonhardt.  A preview of the article is already up on the New York Times website.

Tags: Hospitals, Quality