ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Clinical process improvement
The article presents a patient handout, developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, that explains to patients how they can help their doctors provide better care.
Argues that most practices are shot through with errors that can be prevented -- or at least be prevented from having adverse consequences -- by systematization.
FPM's medical editor writes about research to identify sources of error in family practice.
Outlines the conflict between research-minded thinking and QI-minded thinking and urges the reader to give QI a try and read Plsek's cover story.
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.
Stop treating lab results. These easy-to-use devices return the focus of warfarin therapy to treating the patient.
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.
Call for tips and articles for 2002 special issue on error reduction.
This updated and expanded collection of orders can help you admit patients more efficiently and effectively.
A nationwide experiment is asking practices to forget the way they’ve always done it and pursue the ideal in patient care.