Quality Improvement Resources

Basic Quality Improvement Tools

If you are looking for quality improvement tools to implement in your practice, the following are useful places to start.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Offers ready-to-use tools to measure and improve the quality of the healthcare you provide.

AHRQ's Patient Safety Network: Read about current patient safety news.

American Medical Association: For safety, advocacy, measurement and education information and tools.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI):  Provides resources, improvement stories, and downloadable tools to use in your practice.

National Academies Press: This site offers the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports on patient safety both for sale and to read free on-line.

National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS): Part of the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system.  NCPS provides miscellaneous patient safety resources.

ECRI Medical Device Safety Alerts: A nonprofit health services research agency that provides free access to reports on medical devices that have failed to operate properly or are misused in ways that have caused injuries and deaths. 

Healthcare Improvement Skills Center (HISC): Supports healthcare professionals attempting to make systematic improvements in the quality of the healthcare they provide to their patients.

Improving Communication With Your Patients

Cultural Diversity in Healthcare: Provides information about books, workshops, case studies and links to other websites on cultural diversity in the healthcare setting.

DiversityRx: Provides information about best practices, training courses, legal issues, etc. as it relates to practicing with a diverse patient population.

National Quality Data

Read national reports describing trends as well as healthcare quality assessment. 

Rand Corporation (institution specializing in research and analysis) report on health disparities “The First National Report Card on Quality of Health Care in America” at http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9053-2/index1.html

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) report, “2009 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports” at http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/qrdr09.htm

Accrediting Agencies

If you are considering having your office-based surgical suite accredited, start by visiting the 3 major accrediting agencies to find out how:

Joint Commission

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare (AAAHC)

American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF)

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