This blog post offers a set of practical tips for measuring improvement and avoiding the common pitfalls of measurement. The advice is directed at designing and conducting measurement within quality improvement programmes but all of the tips are directly relevant to the measurement of safety improvement.
In this narrated slideshow, Professor Mary Dixon-Woods looks at improving the quality and safety of care in hospitals, and suggests that we need to take a three-pronged approach: ensuring we are collecting the right data and interpreting it intelligently, looking at the systems we work in and finally how culture and behaviour impact on quality of care.
Many people are working to improve healthcare quality to bring about safer, more beneficial and cost-effective care for patients. But all too often, there is little evidence to support what they do or demonstrate precisely which improvement projects, methods and techniques really work best.
This report by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement presents and reviews evidence about how quality improvement has been implemented in a range of healthcare contexts.