Do Quality Improvement Programs Improve Care for HIV-Infected Patients?

June 2004
Annals of Internal Medicine;6/1/2004, Vol. 140 Issue 11, pI92
Academic Journal
This article presents information on the quality improvement programs for HIV-infected patients. The problems with health care are often a result of system failings. Continuous quality improvement programs aim to improve the quality of health care by addressing these failings. The programs involve several steps. First, health care organizations identify what they want to improve. Second, they develop processes to address those areas. Third, they test the processes by monitoring performance and outcomes. If the processes improved quality of care, the health care organizations use them routinely and widely. If not, they refine and retest different processes. This cycle ideally continues until the organization achieves optimal performance.


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