Health care quality and value are leading issues in medicine today for patients, health care professionals, and policy makers. Outcome, safety, and service - the components of quality - have been used to define value when placed in the context of cost. Health care organizations and professionals are faced with the challenge of improving quality while reducing health care related costs to improve value. Measurement of quality is essential for assessing what is effective and what is not when working toward improving quality and value. However, there are few tools currently for assessing quality of care, and clinicians often lack the resources and skills required to conduct quality improvement work. In this article, we provide a brief review of quality improvement as a discipline and describe these efforts within pediatric anesthesiology.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine