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Patient Safety & Quality Improvement: Quality Improvement

Resources on patient safety and quality improvement for healthcare providers.

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Quality Improvement e-books & journals


Advanced Performance Improvement in Health:Principles & Methods    "My goal in writing this book is to provide healthcare leaders, clinicians, and executives with the knowledge and tools to guide meaningful change and to provide a "deep dive" into the culture and technology of quality that is needed to achieve the goals that society is setting for us in the next decade and beyond."
        Basics of Health Care Performance Improvement: A Lean Six Sigma Approach   "This book is flexible in its usage and application.  Students in health administration programs will find this book provides an excellent foundation in the fundamentals of QI.  At the same time, the book is designed as a practical reference to help senior executives understand the basics of the LSS approach, as well as to support teams as they begin to implement LSS in their organization."


Impact of Healthcare Informatics on Quality of Patient Care & Health Services    "takes an integrated approach, looking at different types of organizations, such as non-profit hospitals, for-profit hospitals, community health centers, and government hosptials, and, by doing so, provides a comparative perspective of how different organizations tend to adapt and use technology differently."
        McLaughlin & Kaluzny's Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care   "provides a thoughtful examination of the major contemporary issues affecting the implementation, management, and institutionalization of quality improvement's concepts and methods."


Where to Submit Publications

  Here you will find a list of peer-reviewed journals that publish student work on a variety of topics, including quality improvement.  The list begins with student-run journals, which offer the best chance of publication, and continues with second-tier, and top-tier journals.

UCSF Department of Medicine Quality Improvement  This link provides a list of suggested potential venues for your quality and safety scholarship with impact factors included.

QI Techniques

"Six Sigma" is a term generally used to indicate a process is well controlled...
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Partnering to Heal  is a computer-based, video-simulation training program on infection control practices for clinicians, health professional students, and patient advocates.

The training highlights effective communication about infection control practices and ideas for creating a "culture of safety" in healthcare institutions to keep patients from getting sicker. Users assume the identity of the following five main characters
(physician, RN, infection preventionist, patient family member and third-year medical student ) and make decisions about preventing Health Care-Associated Infections (HAIs).