Beyond survival: Toward continuous improvement in medical care

C. M. Kilo, A. Kabcenell, D. M. Berwick

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Abstract

Using the scientific method, continuous improvement strives to attain unprecedented levels of performance - improved patient outcomes while maintaining or reducing costs. The needs for, and benefits of, continuous improvement are discussed along with a description of its basic elements. The approaches outlined can serve to greatly increase the pace of improvement in health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-11
Number of pages9
JournalNew Horizons: Science and Practice of Acute Medicine
Volume6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 13 1998

Keywords

  • Continuous improvement
  • Critical care
  • Intensive care
  • Quality of care
  • Variation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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