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Quality improvement

Javier R. Kane and Justin N. Baker

in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199595105
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199665020 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199595105.003.0038

Series: Oxford Textbooks In Palliative Medicine

Quality improvement

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Palliative care can improve the quality of children’s care, and emphasis on QI can facilitate the dissemination of palliative care practices within the healthcare system. Research, evidence-based practice, and QI are necessary to transform knowledge into improved care for this vulnerable population of children and families. Public support and collaboration between clinicians, educators, administrators, researchers, policy makers, and consumers is needed for the development of valid, reliable, and feasible measures that can be utilized broadly in the evaluation of the quality of paediatric hospice and palliative care, and to create the evidence base necessary for measure development and QI. Healthcare organizations are essential for building and supporting systems of care that are capable of sustaining institution-wide quality assurance programmes through adequate funding, education, and state-of-the-art health information technology.

Chapter.  9126 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Paediatrics ; Palliative Medicine

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