Benchmarking: applications to transfusion medicine.

Apelseth TO, Molnar L, Arnold E, Heddle NM

Transfus Med Rev 2012; Jan 9 [Epub ahead of print].
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Review by : P. Van der Linden
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The authors reviewed all studies reporting on benchmarking in the field of transfusion medicine. Among the 45 studies included, only 7 could be classified as benchmarking. Major challenges identified by the authors include the definition of best practices and the development of cost-effective methods of data collection. Three different models of benchmarking that can be applied to the field of transfusion medicine are described along with their strengths and weaknesses.

– Phlippe Van der Linden

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