A story of success: continuous quality improvement in cystic fibrosis care in the USA.

TitleA story of success: continuous quality improvement in cystic fibrosis care in the USA.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsQuon, BS, Goss, CH
JournalThorax
Volume66
Issue12
Pagination1106-8
Date Published2011 Dec
ISSN1468-3296
KeywordsBiomedical Research, Cystic Fibrosis, Delivery of Health Care, Humans, Outpatient Clinics, Hospital, Registries, Total Quality Management, United States
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Continuous quality improvement (CQI) in healthcare can be described as a reiterative approach to improving processes to reduce unexpected variation in health outcomes. CQI represents one model to achieve quality improvement (QI) and has long been recognized as a key to success in the manufacturing industry with companies like Toyota leading the way.

OBJECTIVE: Healthcare, and specifically pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine represent ideal settings for the application of CQI.

METHODS: This opinion piece will describe QI and CQI initiatives in the US Cystic fibrosis (CF) population.

RESULTS: QI in CF care in the United States has been ongoing since inception of the US CF Foundation (CFF) in 1955. This effort has included work to improve the quality of clinical care provided at CF centers and work to improve clinical outcomes in CF. More recently, QI methods have been applied to the conduct of clinical research.

CONCLUSIONS: The CF community has become a leader in the area of QI and has pointed out the opportunities for others to follow in the area of lung diseases.

DOI10.1136/thoraxjnl-2011-200611
Alternate JournalThorax
PubMed ID21813618