Health Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) has produced a guide to the main twelve quality improvement (QI) methods. Section headings comprise:
- Definition of ‘quality’.
- Good governance.
- Regulation, accreditation and inspection.
- Patient involvement in quality improvement.
- Collaboration for quality improvement.
- Literature review for quality improvement.
Quality improvement (QI) methods directory:
- Clinical audit.
- Plan do study act.
- Model for improvement.
- Lean / Six sigma.
- Performance benchmarking.
- Healthcare failure modes and effects analysis.
- Process mapping.
- Statistical process control.
- Root cause analysis.
- Communication tools.
- Technological innovations.
- Decision trees.
- Further reading list and references.
A guide to quality improvement methods. London: Health Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), June / July 2015.
Review of Online Repositories of Quality Improvement Projects, Interventions and Initiatives
The following BMJ Quality and Safety article examines various online repositories of documentation, available internationally, concerning Quality Improvement (QI) in healthcare.
Full Text Link (Note: This article requires a suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment for access).
Bytautas, JP. Gheihman, G. [and] Dobrow, MJ. (2016). A scoping review of online repositories of quality improvement projects, interventions and initiatives in healthcare. BMJ Quality and Safety, April 20th 2016. [Epub ahead of print]. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
King’s Fund Contributions
Don Berwick, International Visiting Fellow at the King’s Fund, explains why now might be a good time for implementing a quality improvement strategy in the NHS.
Why the NHS needs a quality improvement strategy: Chris Ham in conversation with Don Berwick. London [Online]: King’s Fund, August 22nd 2016.
This relates to:
Ham, C. Berwick, D. [and] Dixon, J. (2016). Improving quality in the English NHS: a strategy for action. London: King’s Fund, February 2016.