Using Quality Improvement Methods to Improve Public Health Emergency Preparedness

PREPARE for Pandemic Influenza

Published In: Health Affairs, v. 27, no. 5, July 15, 2008, W328-W339

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2008

by Debra Lotstein, Michael Seid, Karen A. Ricci, Kristin J. Leuschner, Peter Margolis, Nicole Lurie

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Many public health departments seek to improve their capability to respond to large-scale events such as an influenza pandemic. Quality improvement (QI), a structured approach to improving performance, has not been widely applied in public health. The authors developed and tested a pilot QI collaborative to explore whether QI could help public health departments improve their pandemic preparedness. The authors demonstrated that this is a promising model for improving public health preparedness and may be useful for improving public health performance overall. Further efforts are needed, however, to encourage the robust implementation of QI in public health.

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