Ten tips for incorporating scientific quality improvement into everyday work

Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
BMJ quality & safety (Impact Factor: 3.99). 04/2011; 20 Suppl 1(Suppl_1):i69-72. DOI: 10.1136/bmjqs.2010.046359
Source: PubMed


Healthcare personnel often find it challenging to incorporate disciplined quality improvement into their daily work. Planning, managing and completing improvement projects with sufficient rigour to generate credible evidence and potentially publishable knowledge are even more difficult. Nonetheless, careful set-up and agile leveraging of existing resources and expertise can lead to surprisingly robust results. Project designs that integrate data collection with the work itself are especially helpful. Although the general perception is that top-flight journals are loath to publish the results of quality improvement work, accumulating experience suggests that this hurdle can be overcome. The Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence guidelines provide a promising framework for crafting publications that can meet the exacting standards of peer-reviewed journals.

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