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Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement: A Guide to Improving Your Patients' Care, Third Edition

Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement: A Guide to Improving Your Patients' Care, Third Edition

Release Date: March 20, 2018. Approximately 200 pages.

Copublished with IHI for use in the classroom or the exam room!

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Named as a Doody’s Core Title for 2017

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“In an era when clinicians tend to spend more time at the computer than at the bedside or talking to patients in the clinic, the book’s emphasis on careful observation and rapid-cycle testing in partnership with patients is important and refreshing. The authors’ blended, practical approach to teaching makes for an entertaining, engaging book.”—Don Goldmann, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, Emeritus, and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, from the Foreword to the third edition

This third edition of Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement: A Guide to Improving Your Patients’ Care provides health care professional students and frontline staff with an invaluable resource as they explore systems improvements and make the critical journey to advance high reliability and quality patient care. Quality improvement methods arise out of questions, observations, analyses, research, and measurements. Interprofessional teams can develop the resulting data and implement changes to improve and sustain patient care in clinical settings. This third edition of Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement: A Guide to Improving Your Patients’ Care—copublished with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement—provides multiple resources, from vignettes of improvement teams identifying and responding to systems improvement needs, to study questions for practical application, to diagrams, figures, tables, and other tools that can be used on a daily basis to identify improvement opportunities and make concrete changes. New in this edition is an emphasis on interprofessional teamwork and patient engagement, information about the value equation, updated statistics and figures, and a new Appendix filled with tools and worksheets for doing quality improvement.

Key Topics

  • Identifying and closing the quality gap in patient care
  • Understanding interprofessional teamwork
  • Finding scientific evidence for clinical improvement
  • Identifying a focus for improvement
  • Developing process literacy
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Making and managing systems changes
  • Integrating various process improvement models
  • Spreading and sustaining improvement
  • Publishing, presenting, and teaching quality improvement

Key Features

  • Vignettes of problem-solving and teamwork in clinical settings
  • Chapter objectives and study questions to assess student comprehension of concepts
  • Comparisons between and practical applications of types of measurement tools
  • Updated educator chapter with SQUIRE guidelines for publishing and strategies for presenting
  • New Appendix with numerous tools and resources

Standards: No direct standards correlations, but related to Performance Improvement (PI) and Leadership (LD)

Settings: Applicable to all settings, but might be most applicable in the hospital setting
Key Audience

  • Nursing and medical students
  • Resident physicians
  • Health professional educators
  • Nursing and medical leadership
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