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Continuous Quality Improvement

Sarah M. I. Cartwright

in Anesthesiology CA-1 Pocket Survival Guide

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print July 2018 | ISBN: 9780190885885
Published online July 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190885915 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780190885885.003.0009
Continuous Quality Improvement

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For the anesthesia provider early in his or her career, the concept of continuous quality improvement (CQI) seems far-reaching in daily practice. CQI is a concept that crosses multiple disciplines focusing on improving the provision of care from one episode to the next. Unlike traditional performance improvement or quality improvement initiatives that initiate change for a specific issue, CQI challenges system thinking with cyclic re-evaluation of processes for both improvement and sustainability. Data driven, CQI concepts are approached using a systematic methodology that supports inquiry, change management, and process development. The American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Medical Association, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and multiple regulatory agencies support CQI. This approach engages evidence-based medicine and promotes improved patient and provider outcomes.

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Subjects: Anaesthetics

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