The exceptional potential for quality improvement methods in the design and modelling of complex interventions

Siriwardena, A. Niroshan (2008) The exceptional potential for quality improvement methods in the design and modelling of complex interventions. Quality in Primary Care, 16 (6). pp. 387-389. ISSN 1479-1064

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Abstract

Although the actions of a particular clinician with an
individual patient in the consultation are important
for a successful outcome for that service user, quality
improvement is rarely due to individual efforts. Instead,
it is usually the sum of actions of individuals linked through their professional roles, the teams and organisations in which they work as well as the wider
context of health care. These together constitute the
system of care; the focus therefore has to be to develop
the system in order to support individual clinical decisions
at the front line of health care. The series of
editorial and discussion papers in this themed issue
on ‘Organisational and Educational Interventions for
Quality Improvement’ tackle how this might be best
achieved. They address which organisational interventions
improve care, why education underpins their
effectiveness, how the organisational context provides
the glue to link these and the contribution of the wider
policy context to fuel change.

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Additional Information:Although the actions of a particular clinician with an individual patient in the consultation are important for a successful outcome for that service user, quality improvement is rarely due to individual efforts. Instead, it is usually the sum of actions of individuals linked through their professional roles, the teams and organisations in which they work as well as the wider context of health care. These together constitute the system of care; the focus therefore has to be to develop the system in order to support individual clinical decisions at the front line of health care. The series of editorial and discussion papers in this themed issue on ‘Organisational and Educational Interventions for Quality Improvement’ tackle how this might be best achieved. They address which organisational interventions improve care, why education underpins their effectiveness, how the organisational context provides the glue to link these and the contribution of the wider policy context to fuel change.
Keywords:Quality Improvement, complex interventions, organisational change, primary care
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B990 Subjects Allied to Medicine not elsewhere classified
A Medicine and Dentistry > A300 Clinical Medicine
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:3377
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:28 Sep 2010 15:22
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:47

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