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Running head: QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTHCAREQuality Improvement in Health CareTeresa Fisher, Matthew Kensecki, Anyoso Olenja, Andy Staples, Stephanie Terrell, and Kaylo WoodsLiberty University1
QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTHCAREAbstractThe health care delivery system continues to evolve, as it attempts to provide greater access at a reasonable cost to the consumer. Improved health care quality is one key metric the health care industry has been focusing on, with the hopes to reach its objectives. Government policies, risk management, quality improvement initiatives, communication, and standardization are topics discussed that impact quality in health care. If proper procedures and guidelines are closely regulated in the health care system, quality improvements are sure to improve. A closer examination of the given topics, above, help address the need for such improvements, and as well as provide information regarding methods within the health care delivery system.2
QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTHCAREThe health care delivery system in America has been loosely described due to the increasing demands, and the need for improvement within it. The intention of the research provided has been to properly highlight areas among the health care delivery system where quality improvements have been needed. The research has also attempted to provide methods implemented to assist in meeting objectives of the observed quality improvements. Evidence has suggested health care systems that have been involved in quality improvement programs provide multiple positive benefits for both patient outcomes as well as providing dividends to the system through cost-saving measures (Gauld et.al., 2012). Quality improvement initiatives that have focused on increasing effective communication that reduce hospital discharge delays (Boyd, 2017), and as well as the key communication between the multiple levels of clinicians and providers that would improve patient outcomes (Lavelle, Schast, & Keren, 2015).Communication ImprovementsIn the healthcare context, quality improvement (QI) refers to the framework that is used in the systematic improvement of the ways through which care is delivered to patients. Health care processes can be measured, improved, and controlled, and these results can be achieved through quality improvement (Shi & Singh, 2017, p. 310). To witnesses quality improvement in health care settings, the entire organization, from the top managers to staff such as physicians and nurses as well as patients, must show commitment to the cause. Unfortunately, QI remains a big challenge for healthcare organizations as providers have no knowledge of where to start. Despite knowing that there are myriads of opportunities throughout healthcare systems that are fundamental to the improvement of healthcare processes and elimination of waste (Shi & Singh, 2017, p. 298), providers perform dismally when it comes to the achievement of this objective.
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