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Hosp Mater Manage Q. 1995 Nov;17(2):68-74.

A physical examination of health care's readiness for a total quality management program: a case study.

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  • 1Tennessee Valley Authority, USA.


Initiating a total quality management (TQM) effort can be a time-consuming and costly effort for a hospital. Perceptions of management and employees are important in initiating TQM because people function as if perceptions are fact. Assessing these perceptions and determining the levels of readiness or resistance to change are important steps in reducing costs, thus increasing organizational ability to address proactively challenges to the implementation and ultimate success of a TQM effort. Key assessment criteria are discussed including a comparison of management and employee perceptions in one hospital.

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