Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement: A Guide to Improving Your Patient’s Care

Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement: A Guide to Improving Your Patient’s Care
4th Ed.
2022 © Joint Commission Resources
Allyson G. Hall, PhD, MBA/MHS; Rebecca S. Miltner, PhD, RN, CNL, NEA-BC,FAAN; Wendy S. Madigosky, MD, MSPH, FAAFP; Mary A. Dolansky, PhD, RN, FAAN; Amy J. Barton, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF; Linda A Headrick, MD, MS, FACP; Gregory S. Ogrinc, MD, MS
ISBN-13: 978-1-63585-271-4
eISBN-13: 978-1-63585-272-1
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement , Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Healthcare Administration


Fundamentals Health Care Improvement: A Guide to Improving Your Patient’s Care, 4th edition, is intended to help health professional learners diagnose, measure, analyze, change, and lead improvements in health care, with the aim to shape reliable, high-quality systems of care in partnership with patients. Co-published by Joint Commission Resources and the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, this fourth edition includes updated resources, including examples, figures, tables, and tools. New to this edition is a focus on health equity and disparities of care brought to light by the COVID-19 pandemic. This focus explores the relationship between social determinants of health and how improvement methods and skills can help identify and close disparity gaps in systems of care. Also new to this edition is an expanded discussion of effective teamwork and the importance of creating multidisciplinary healthcare teams that partner with patients and families.

Key Topics in the 4th edition

  • • Identifying gaps in quality and working in teams to close those gaps
  • • Finding scientific evidence for clinical improvement
  • • Identifying a focus for improvement
  • • Understanding process literacy, culture, content, and systems in health care
  • • Analyzing data for decision making
  • • Using measurement tools to gain insight
  • • Understanding and implementing change
  • • Spreading and sustaining the improvement
  • • Publishing and presenting the improvement
  • • Using Improvement tools

  • • Clinical problem-solving and teamwork vignettes
  • • Chapter objectives and study questions to assess learning
  • • Comparisons between types of measurement tools and ideas for practical applications
  • • Updated SQUIRE publishing guidelines and presentation strategies
  • • Downloadable tools, worksheets, and resources

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