1st Edition

Improving Healthcare
A Handbook for Practitioners

ISBN 9781498744461
Published April 13, 2017 by Routledge
192 Pages

USD $59.95

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Book Description

Good intentions to do our best in healthcare are not enough. Healthcare professionals need to know how to close the gap between best evidence and practice, by understanding and applying quality improvement principles and processes.

Improving Healthcare is a practical guide, providing healthcare staff with the knowledge and skills that enable them to implement, evaluate and disseminate a quality improvement project in their own workplace. With a comprehensive coverage, chapters cover the history, selection and application of quality improvement philosophies and methods in clinical healthcare at team, unit, organisational and system levels. The book also considers social processes of implementation as well as technical aspects of measuring and improving quality.

As an essential guide for healthcare practitioners at any level who are new to service improvement, Improving Healthcare includes practical examples and case studies of healthcare improvements that illustrate the concepts discussed.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introducing Healthcare Improvement  Chapter 2. Understanding the Context for Healthcare Iprovement  Chapter 3. System Improvement  Chapter 4. Service User Involvement in Healthcare Improvement  Chapter 5. Ethics and Governance in Healthcare Improvement  Chapter 6. Measuring for Healthcare Improvement  Chapter 7. High Reliability Organisations: Making Care Safer through Reliability and Resilience  Chapter 8. Implementing Healthcare Improvement  Chapter 9. Sharing Healthcare Improvements: Presenting and Communicating Improvement Results  Chapter 10. Evaluating Healthcare Improvements

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Lesley Baillie is Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair of Clinical Nursing Practice in the School of Health and Social Care at London South Bank University. 

Elaine Maxwell is Associate Professor in Leadership at London South Bank University.