Clinical process improvement

Feb 2002 Issue
Results From the FPM Practice Self-Test [Improving Patient Care]

The article shares data from the Family Practice Management Practice Self-Test, in which roughly 1000 family physicians ranked the value of interventions such as e-mail communication and chronic disease registries in improving patient care and service.

Feb 2002 Issue
Improving Anticoagulation Management at the Point of Care [Feature]

This article describes how point-of-care anticoagulation devices can make warfarin therapy more patient-focused.

Jan 2002 Issue
Building a New Health Care System [Editor's Page]

Reports on Don Berwick's plenary speech at the 2002 National Forum on Quality, focusing on the argument that there's no excuse for not trying to improve what you can improve in the system.

Nov-Dec 2001 Issue
Doing the Right Things: Eliminating Errors from Practice [Editor's Page]

Call for tips and articles for 2002 special issue on error reduction.

Oct 2001 Issue
30 Standardized Hospital Admission Orders [Improving Patient Care]

The article will explain how standardized admission orders can assist family physicians and will point readers to the updated versions of 38 orders previously published in FPM.

Oct 2001 Issue
Starting a Revolution in Office-Based Care [Feature]

The article will explore various components of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Idealized Design of Clinical Office Practice project (e.g. open access scheduling, e-mail communication with patients) and will provide an update of the pilot groups' progress in these areas.

Jul-Aug 2001 Issue
Responding to an Unfavorable Quality Assurance Audit [Improving Patient Care]

The author describes how his group used the "Plan-Do-Study-Act" cycle to improve their performance following a negative quality assurance audit.

Feb 2001 Issue
Improving Your Practice Through the FPM Practice Self-Test [Editorial]

FPM's medical editor writes about the value of self-assessment.

Feb 2001 Issue
The Family Practice Management Practice Self-Test [Feature]

A self-appraisal questionnaire designed to help the family physician evaluate how well his or her practice is doing in a wide range of measures, including quality of care, patient satisfaction, staff and physician satisfaction, work environment, technology, financial health and efficiency. The reader will be able to derive several raw scores that should help direct quality improvement efforts.

Jan 2001 Issue
13 Months of Quality Improvement: Did It Work? [Improving Patient Care]

The article completes a series on one group's participation in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's chronic care quality improvement project. This article offers lessons learned from the project and explores whether the principles of quality improvement were effective.

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