continuous quality improvement

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Related to continuous quality improvement: Six Sigma, Total Quality Management

clinical governance

A framework under which NHS bodies in the UK are accountable for continuously monitoring and improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care should flourish. Clinical governance is promulgated by the Commission for Health Improvement.

The 5 Themes of Clinical Governance
(i) Leadership, strategy and planning; identifiable clinical governance lead
(ii) Public and patient involvement
(iii) Quality improvement processes
(iv) Staff focus 
(v) Use of information. 

The Contractual Components
1) Patient and public involvement
2) Clinical audit
3) Risk management
4) Clinical effectiveness programmes
5) Staffing and staff management
6) Education, training and CPD
7) Use of information to support clinical governance and health care delivery.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

continuous quality improvement

Managed care An approach to health care based on evaluation of a product or the outcome(s) of a process, and on understanding the needs and expectations of the consumers of these products or processes. See Quality assurance, Total quality management.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

con·tin·u·ous qual·i·ty im·prove·ment

(kŏn-tin'yū-ŭs kwahl'i-tē im-prūv'mĕnt)
Structured process to improve all aspects of care and service continually; ongoing study to improve performance.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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