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Am J Med Qual. 1994 Spring;9(1):18-23.

Enhancing faculty participation and interest in quality improvement in academic centers.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo 43699-0008.


Continuous quality improvement (CQI) is necessary in maintaining and improving the quality of medical care delivered. However, quality assurance (QA) in the past was performed superficially to meet requirements of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and other regulatory agencies. Academic faculty participation in QA activity was also limited. Faculty often assume that meaningful quality process demands excessive efforts and time unrewarded with career advancement, promotion, or monetary compensation. In addition, unstructured QA leads to duplication of data and loss of educational opportunity. We reorganized the QA process in internal medicine using the CQI concept to: (a) improve academic faculty participation, (b) incorporate educational concepts, (c) stimulate interest in outcome research and CQI, and (d) integrate cost containment. A reorganized CQI format has stimulated enthusiastic participation of faculty and residents, and has generated conferences and grand rounds pertinent to medical care, outcome research, and cost containment. We conclude that academic faculty should play leadership roles in the CQI process and include teaching models. Improved and increased academic faculty participation could be realized, when educational values, research activities, and cost analysis are incorporated into the CQI process.

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