The Ethics of Using QI Methods to Improve Health Care Quality and Safety

by Mary Ann Baily, Melissa Bottrell, Joanne Lynn, Bruce Jennings

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This report from The Hastings Center explores the ethical dimensions of efforts to make health care safer and better through continuous improvements in patient care, with special attention to the relationship between everyday QI activities and the ethical rules and regulations governing human subjects research. It offers practical recommendations for ensuring that QI meets ethical requirements, proposes a cooperative effort by public and private entities to develop clearer guidance on the relationship between ethical oversight of QI and human subjects research regulations, and makes other policy recommendations aimed at promoting safety and quality in health care through the ethical conduct of QI.

©2006 The Hastings Center. Reprinted with permission. This article originally appeared in the Hastings Center Report Special Report, Vol. 36, No. 4 (2006).

Originally published in: The Hastings Center Report Special Report, Vol. 36, No. 4 (2006).

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