ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Clinical process improvement
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 a practice can identify its patients who have diabetes and organize that information into a registry.
The article will explain the value of using standardized admit orders and will offer several examples of standardized orders developed at Scott & White Clinic.
This article describes the importance of setting goals, whether for patient self-management or for quality improvement projects within one's practice. The article also explains how to set goals that are meaningful, specific, achievable and measurable.
The article will track one group's progress through a quality improvement project to improve the care of patients with diabetes.
The author offers a wide range of suggestions for improving practice efficiency, smoothing patient flow and cutting waste.
This article will describe the process the author's residency practice used to reengineer its operations.
Jun 1999 Issue
Improve Quality by Understanding Your Care Process [Improving Patient Care]
The article argues that a good process yields good outcomes. It shows how practices can use patient input to map out the patient care process and find ways to improve.
The article, third in a three-part series, will teach physicians how they can "hold the gains" after implementing a quality-improvement effort.
The article, second in a three-part series, will explain how teams of physicians and nonprovider staff can be effective in the design and implementation of a quality-improvement initiative.
The article, first in a three-part series, will introduce readers to the basic principles of quality improvement and will show how QI can be implemented in a family practice setting.