Clinical process improvement

Nov-Dec 1999 Issue
Using Standardized Admit Orders to Improve Inpatient Care [Feature]

The article will explain the value of using standardized admit orders and will offer several examples of standardized orders developed at Scott & White Clinic.

Oct 1999 Issue
Setting Group Goals [Improving Patient Care]

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.

Oct 1999 Issue
Improving Chronic Disease Care in the Real World: A Step-by-Step Approach [Feature]

The article will track one group's progress through a quality improvement project to improve the care of patients with diabetes.

Sep 1999 Issue
22 Tips for Improving Your Practice [Feature]

The author offers a wide range of suggestions for improving practice efficiency, smoothing patient flow and cutting waste.

Sep 1999 Issue
Re-engineering a Family Practice Center [Feature]

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 outomes. It shows how practices can use patient input to map out the patient care process and find ways to improve.

May 1999 Issue
Holding the Gains in Quality Improvement [Feature]

The article, third in a three-part series, will teach physicians how they can "hold the gains" after implementing a quality-improvement effort.

Apr 1999 Issue
A Team Approach to Quality Improvement [Feature]

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.

Mar 1999 Issue
Quality Improvement: First Steps [Feature]

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.

Mar 1999 Issue
How to Evaluate and Implement Clinical Policies [Feature]

This article will discuss how to evaluate guidelines and give tips on how to implement guidelines in a typical practice.

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