CURRENT MODELS OF QUALITY - AN INTRODUCTION FOR ANESTHETISTS

Citation
Cj. Eagle et Jm. Davies, CURRENT MODELS OF QUALITY - AN INTRODUCTION FOR ANESTHETISTS, Canadian journal of anaesthesia, 40(9), 1993, pp. 851-862
Citations number
56
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Review
Categorie Soggetti
Anesthesiology
ISSN journal
0832-610X
Volume
40
Issue
9
Year of publication
1993
Pages
851 - 862
Database
ISI
SICI code
0832-610X(1993)40:9<851:CMOQ-A>2.0.ZU;2-D
Abstract
The purpose of this review is to provide the practicing anaesthetist w ith an historical perspective of quality, a summary of current models, and an introduction to the expectations of accreditors. Articles were obtained from an electronic literature search on Silver Platter(R) us ing the search terms Quality, Quality assurance, Anes, and Anaes*. In addition, textbooks on quality assurance in health care, quality impr ovement texts from business management, and accreditation documents we re reviewed. Quality systems in health care are derived from business or industrial models. Study of this field is hampered by poorly define d terminology and jargon. Over the years, many different models have b een used in health care, but recent studies have investigated the effe ctiveness of methods such as Quality Improvement. Many of the systems used by hospitals appear to have been prompted by requirements of accr editation standards. RecentlY, systems of hospital organization have a ppeared which link Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, risk manage ment and utilization management. Despite the confusion created by ill- defined terminology and rapid change in some definitions, anaesthetist s need to be aware of the basic models of accreditation requirements.