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Applying Quality Management in Healthcare: A Systems Approach, Fifth Edition
Applying Quality Management in Healthcare: A Systems Approach, Fifth Edition

Applying Quality Management in Healthcare: A Systems Approach, Fifth Edition



400 Pages, 7 x 10

Formats: Cloth, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Cloth, $98.00 (US $98.00) (CA $132.00)

Publication Date: August 2021

ISBN 9781640552777

Rights: WOR

Health Administration Press (Aug 2021)


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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the flaws in patient care delivery in many healthcare organizations. Hospitals scrambled to deal with inadequate supplies of ventilators and personal protective equipment while simultaneously combating the inefficiencies inherent in their existing systems. Outpatient areas struggled to deliver care in an environment that was safe for both workers and patients. The pandemic was a reminder that a focus on comprehensive quality management is vital to the daily work of healthcare providers and those they treat.Applying Quality Management in Healthcare: A Systems Approach examines the real-world tools and techniques necessary for improving systems that affect patient care outcomes. Author Patrice L. Spath explains how to explore and modify interconnected systems to make lasting changes that benefit the entire organization.This updated edition features a new chapter on three organizational characteristics that advance success in quality management: continuous improvement, high reliability, and accountability. Throughout, the book emphasizes the role of leadership in all aspects of quality. Management concepts are supported by real-life examples from different settings to further readers\u2019 understanding.Other new content in this edition includes:Strategies for creating an organizational culture that supports ongoing improvementData measurement techniques for analyzing inpatient and outpatient performanceRegulations affecting quality activities in hospitals and other healthcare facilitiesExternal forces, such as a pandemic, that require a greater focus on systemsEach chapter concludes with challenging exercises that give readers a chance to apply what they have learned. A practice lab at the end of the book offers 11 rigorous assignments for a deeper exploration of the concepts presented.Improving quality management processes is the first step toward providing better healthcare. Everyone—from senior leaders and department managers to supervisors and frontline workers—can benefit from these enhancements, leading to greater job performance and, ultimately, s

Author Biography

Patrice L. Spath, MA, RHIT, is a health information management professional based in Forest Grove, Oregon. She has broad experience in healthcare quality and patient safety improvement. For more than 35 years, she has presented more than 300 educational programs and authored numerous books and journal articles on these topics. In 2020, she received the Distinguished Member Award from the American Health Information Management Association.As an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Spath has taught graduate-level patient safety courses and undergraduate-level quality management courses. She earned a master\u2019s degree in management from American Public University and a bachelor of science degree in management and health information from Marylhurst University. She is a registered health information technician, holds a Lean project leader certification, and serves as consulting editor for the monthly publication Hospital Peer Review.