Section C – Quality Improvement Strategies

Purpose

To present, describe and compare quality improvement strategies applicable across the continuum of care.

Learning Objectives
When you have completed this , you should be able to:
  • Describe strategies used to improve quality in Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH).
  • Appraise the evidence available on the effectiveness, safety and acceptability of the interventions.

Introduction

Quality improvement can be summed up as:

All actions taken to establish, protect, promote and improve the quality of health care

But ‘who’ takes these necessary actions? Typically, we are talking about health workers, patients and their families, researchers, donors and planners (see Batalden and Davidoff 2007).

What does quality improvement seek to change?

  • Better impact – expressed for example, as reduction in mortality.
  • Better outcomes e.g. performance of the health system.
  • Better outputs e.g. increased use of services, improved motivation of providers.

Section C – Quality Improvement Strategies was last modified: June 18th, 2015 by admin