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Gaceta Sanitaria

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MARIN-GOMEZ, Manuel et al. The quality of care in pain shoulder: A medical audit. Gac Sanit [online]. 2006, vol.20, n.2, pp.116-123. ISSN 0213-9111.

Background: To evaluate the quality of hospital ambulatory care in non-surgical painful shoulder by auditing medical records using quality indicators. Material and methods: We reviewed 245 medical records of non-surgical patients assisted for pain shoulder in 1999-2000 in two public hospitals. Quality of care indicators for antecedents, physic exploration, diagnosis and treatment were developed based in systematic reviews of clinical trials, guidelines and expert criteria. Medical records review was carried out by two rehabilitative doctors. Fulfilling of quality criteria and differences between hospitals was analyzed. Results: 76.3% of the medical records did not fulfill ≥ 4 of 10 quality criteria for antecedents, 61.6% did not fulfill ≥ 3 of 10 criteria for physical exploration, and 7.7% did not have any diagnosis registered. 96.9% of the 98 patients with impingement syndrome did not complete the criteria of anti-inflammatory treatment or infiltration in the pre-established time, and up to 15.3% had not been proposed physiotherapy or programmed exercise in the 4 weeks after the diagnosis; 95.8% of the 24 patients with rotators cuff tears were not proposed for early surgical evaluation, and 86.7% of the 15 cases of adhesive capsulitis did not receive instructions to carry out programmed exercise in the proposed times. Conclusions: The audit revealed significant deficiencies in adherence to quality indicators in non-surgical pain shoulder. Part of these problems can be due to low medical records quality.

Keywords : Shoulder Pain; Medical Audit; Quality of Health Care; Rehabilitation; Ambulatory Care.

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