Clinical process improvement

Nov-Dec 2005 Issue
Improving Chronic Illness Care: Lessons Learned in a Private Practice [Feature]

The article will describe strategies for improving the care of patients with chronic diseases, including how to secure physician buy-in of the chronic care model and how to sustain improvements in patient outcomes.

Nov-Dec 2005 Issue
Chronic Care in an Acutely Ill System [From The Editor]

Argues that, while the implementation of the chronic care model described in the cover story ended up not to be self-supporting, family practices may be able to implement pieces of the model usefully without significant cost.

Oct 2005 Issue
Reliability Science: Reducing the Error Rate in Your Practice [Feature]

The article explains the key principles of reliability science and how they can help reduce errors and increase safety and quality when applied to health care.

Jun 2005 Issue
Innovation in Practice: Six Ways to Harness the Power of Your Ideas [Feature]

The article will describe pragmatic methods for creating a more innovative, quality-focused practice and more innovative work culture, with family practice examples.

Oct 2004 Issue
High-Energy, High-Return Practice [Editor's Page]

Argues that, even given all the barriers, practice improvement effort can pay off in enough ways that it is worth the effort.

Sep 2004 Issue
18 Glimpses of Tomorrow [Editor's Page]

Introduces "Big Ideas" issue, suggesting that most of the ideas featured have something to do with the FFM new practice model and that the authors may actually share a vision of the future of family medicine.

Feb 2004 Issue
The Evidence-Based Medicine Heresy [Editor's Page]

The tools and resources of evidence-based medicine (EBM) are extremely valuable. Just don't forget that EBM still has cult status in the eyes of many and that people still occasionally enjoy burning a heretic at the stake.

Oct 2003 Issue
Cost Effectiveness Begins Between Your Ears [Improving Patient Care]

The author explains the importance of clinical judgment and physicians' ability to focus on what's important. He shares lessons that have helped him meet patients' needs while avoiding useless tests and ineffective treatments.

Jul-Aug 2003 Issue
The KISS Principle in Family Practice: Keep It Simple and Systematic [Feature]

The author explains how "systems thinking" can help family physicians improve their care across six dimensions: safety, timeliness, efficiency, effectiveness, equity and patient-centeredness.

Jun 2003 Issue
Focusing on Today's Visit [Improving Patient Care]

The article describes how one family practice uses a "today's visit" form to help patients focus on what they really want out of the current visit, leaving them more satisfied with their care and less likely to call with follow-up questions.

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