Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Adv Anat Pathol. 2009 Nov;16(6):418-23. doi: 10.1097/PAP.0b013e3181bb6bf7.

Core components of a comprehensive quality assurance program in anatomic pathology.

Author information

1
Department of Pathology, Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, 32224, USA. Nakhleh.raouf@mayo.edu

Abstract

In this article the core components of a comprehensive quality assurance and improvement plan are outlined. Quality anatomic pathology work comes with focus on accurate, timely, and complete reports. A commitment to continuous quality improvement and a systems approach with a persistent effort helps to achieve this end. Departments should have a quality assurance and improvement plan that includes a risk assessment of real and potential problems facing the laboratory. The plan should also list the individuals responsible for carrying out the program with adequate resources, a defined timetable, and annual assessment for progress and future directions. Quality assurance monitors should address regulatory requirements and be organized by laboratory division (surgical pathology, cytology, etc) as well as 5 segments (preanalytic, analytic, postanalytic phases of the test cycle, turn-around-time, and customer satisfaction). Quality assurance data can also be used to evaluate individual pathologists using multiple parameters with peer group comparison.

PMID:
19851132
DOI:
10.1097/PAP.0b013e3181bb6bf7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
    Loading ...
    Support Center