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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.
At 2 a.m., would you know the correct dose of acetylcysteine for an acetaminophen overdose?
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.
Tag along as we follow a network of physicians on the first leg of a 13-month journey to redesign their diabetes care one step at a time.
‘Good enough’ is no longer good enough. For today's family practice, it's improve it or lose it.
The authors' success can be a lesson to physician groups as well as residency clinics.
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.
In QI, enacting a positive change within your practice isn't the end. You must continue moving forward.
To realize change, rely on the knowledge and experience of a team such as the authors', which improved the care of patients with diabetes.
QI can bring about substantial, lasting, positive change in your practice. It all begins with identifying the opportunities.