Knowledge for Improvement: Special Supplement – BMJ – April 2011

Posted on April 5, 2011. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Evidence Based Practice, Knowledge Translation |

Knowledge for Improvement: Special Supplement – BMJ – April 2011

From the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

“In April 2010, some of the best thinkers and architects of the science of quality improvement in health care gathered in England to look deeply at the state of the knowledge underpinning the discipline. For several days, thanks to the sponsorship of the UK’s Health Foundation, IHI, and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Improvement, meeting participants examined the strengths and limitations and new needs for an epistemology that’s now fueling a truly global movement for quality and safety. The work of this colloquium, organized by Dartmouth’s Paul Batalden and the Health Foundation’s Dale Webb and Paul Bate, is now the focus of some 22 essays just published by BMJ Quality & Safety (previously Quality and Safety in Health Care) in a special, OPEN ACCESS supplement entitled “Knowledge for Improvement.” Co-edited by Paul Batalden and IHI Senior Editor Frank Davidoff, the articles cover six major areas: the structure of improvement knowledge; discovering and defining sources of evidence; the social determinants of action; the importance of cross-disciplinary work; the challenges of professional education; and rethinking methods of inference. Let the reading, and learning, begin!”

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