"Written when many believed it wasn't possible to measure quality in health care
, Berwick's easily read and understood article explained how the quality could be measurably improved by a systematic approach to monitoring specific health care indicators," Bloomberg says.
Incorporating environmental performance is part of the natural evolution of quality in health care
Principles of Total Quality in Health Care
Organizations - Basically a collection of articles that reflect different gurus' views of quality, this chapter commences differentiation of quality improvement from quality assurance.
Employer groups have numerous motivations for demanding high quality in health care
benefits, including good management of benefit funds, healthy employees, and an edge on recruitment and retention by offering employees competitive incentive packages.
"Quality in Health Care
: Whose Responsibility Is It?" American Journal of Medical Quality 8(2):32-6, Summer 1993.
Primer on Indicator Development and Application: Measuring Quality in Health Care
. Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.: the Commission, 1990.
Quality improvement shifts its focus to define quality in health care
in terms of its value.
Appropriateness of care guidelines are being established for Vermont hospitals by the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care
. Patient outcome and other risk-adjusted information from Vermont and other states will be included in the databank.
What, then, are the attributes of quality in health care
? Donabedian says that "quality comprises those attributes of the process of care that contribute to its desired outcomes.
Outcomes management says that quality in health care
is really a better quality of life.