Quality Improvement in Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Published in: Annual Review of Public Health, v. 28, Apr. 2007, p. 19-31

Posted on RAND.org on April 01, 2007

by Michael Seid, Debra Lotstein, Valerie L. Williams, Christopher Nelson, Kristin J. Leuschner, Allison Diamant, Stefanie Howard, Jeffrey Wasserman, Nicole Lurie

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Quality improvement (QI) methods have been used in many industries to improve performance and outcomes. This chapter reviews key QI concepts and their application to public health emergency preparedness (PHEP). The authors conclude that for QI to flourish and become standard practice, changes to the status quo are necessary. In particular, public health should build its capabilities in QI, enhance implementation, and align incentives to facilitate use of QI.

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