ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Clinical process improvement
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.
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.
The article continues a series on one group's participation in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's chronic care quality improvement project. This article explains how practices can "pre-plan" visits by making sure lab tests and other necessary services are completed prior to the patient's check-up with the family physician.
The article will explain the necessity of quality improvement and will outline several initiatives of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, including their Idealized Design project and Breakthrough Series.
Argues that the IHI IDCOP project is needed, that today's office practice is hopelessly broken and in need of replacement.
A response to the article in this issue by Kilo and Endsley.
The article will explain the concept of patient-centered care and how practices can empower patients and help them establish self-management goals.
Feb 2000 Issue
The Family Physician's Role in Reducing Medical Errors [Improving Patient Care]
The article will explain the kinds of medical errors that are common in medical practice and what physicians can do to improve patient safety.
The author describes the practice management skills and knowledge that family physicians will need to possess to succeed during the first part of the next century.
Gives the reader a "to-do" list of jobs to complete in getting ready for practice in the 21st century