Quality improvement, patient safety, and continuing education: a qualitative study of the current boundaries and opportunities for collaboration between these domains.

Kitto, Simon, Goldman, Joanne, Etchells, Edward, Silver, Ivan, Peller, Jennifer, Sargeant, Joan, Reeves, Scott and Bell, Mary (2015) Quality improvement, patient safety, and continuing education: a qualitative study of the current boundaries and opportunities for collaboration between these domains. Academic Medicine, 90(2), pp. 240-245. ISSN (print) 1040-2446

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Abstract

PURPOSE: Quality improvement/patient safety (QI/PS) and continuing education (CE) efforts have a common aim to improve health care outcomes. Yet, minimal collaboration occurs between them. This lack of integration can be problematic given the finite resources available and the potential value of approaching health care challenges from different perspectives. The authors conducted an exploratory study to understand Canadian leaders' perceptions and experiences with both their own and the other domain, with the aim of increasing their understanding of the boundaries and opportunities for collaborative approaches to improving health care. METHOD: The authors conducted this study in 2011-2012 using a qualitative interpretivist framework to guide the collection and analysis of data from semistructured interviews. They used criterion-based, maximum variation, and snowball sampling to select 15 leaders from the domains of QI/PS and CE to interview. They transcribed verbatim the interviews and coded the transcripts using a directed content analysis approach. RESULTS: Participants described the relationship between QI/PS and CE in four ways: (1) the separation of QI/PS and CE as distinct interventions, (2) (re)positioning CE in QI/PS activities, (3) (re)positioning QI/PS in CE activities, and (4) further integrating QI/PS and CE. CONCLUSIONS: These findings have important implications for how leaders in QI/PS and CE should mindfully and strategically negotiate their relationship to ensure the relevance and effectiveness of their domain's activities.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Education
Health services research
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
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Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2014 09:26
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2015 08:45
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/30031

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