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Research and articles in the field of quality improvement
We have searched online to find articles about quality improvement that might help you with your own quality improvement project. Be inspired by other project ideas and how to make the most of your quality improvement project.
Gallstone related diseases account for approximately one third of emergency general surgery admissions and referrals and there is wide variation in the management of these patients, with cholecystectomy rates within 10 days of first admission for acute cholecystitis ranging from 0% to 35% across England.
Our Chole-QuIC project aims to reduce time to urgent cholecystectomy for eligible patients with acute biliary pain or cholecystitis or gallstone pancreatitis, by using quality improvement (QI) methodology to empower clinicians to drive change within their own hospital trusts.
Finding out if healthcare is being provided in line with standards
We strongly support surgeon participation in national and local clinical audits as a regular part of day-to-day clinical practice. It enables care providers and patients to know where a service is doing well and where there could be improvements. Clinical audits and quality improvement work together to improve patient outcomes and experience. Read about the principles of audit participation and what constitutes best practice, national and regional audits, and access tools to support your audit activity.
Influencing clinical policy and audit practice in the UK
Our clinical effectiveness unit is a national centre of expertise in methods, organisation and logistics of large-scale studies of the quality of surgical care. Find out more about our major projects, what we do and read the current audit reports.
The two guides describe the basic principles of quality improvement in surgery including methods for identifying areas for improvement and a step by step process for organising a quality improvement project in a hospital environment.