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Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Sep-Oct;27(5):w328-39. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.27.5.w328. Epub 2008 Jul 15.

Using quality improvement methods to improve public health emergency preparedness: PREPARE for Pandemic Influenza.

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  • 1RAND in Santa Monica, California, USA.


Many public health departments seek to improve their capability to respond to large-scale events such as an influenza pandemic. Quality improvement (QI), a structured approach to improving performance, has not been widely applied in public health. We developed and tested a pilot QI collaborative to explore whether QI could help public health departments improve their pandemic preparedness. We demonstrated that this is a promising model for improving public health preparedness and may be useful for improving public health performance overall. Further efforts are needed, however, to encourage the robust implementation of QI in public health.

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