The Quality Improvement Process: One Approach to Education

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Quality improvement (QI) is a practice now expected of the healthcare industry. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has incorporated continuous QI into its standards; furthermore, the implementation of QI is a major challenge facing healthcare institutions today. The authors describe the educational approach taken by one institution as it implemented the QI process in a facility that recently merged three acute care hospitals and explain the necessary commitment and structure for a successful QI program. The importance of the educational process cannot be overemphasized.

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