Quantitative research versus quality assurance, quality improvement, total quality management, and continuous quality improvement

J Perianesth Nurs. 1999 Apr;14(2):78-81. doi: 10.1016/s1089-9472(99)80021-5.

Abstract

The purpose of this report is to provide a review of the scientific method used in the quantitative research studies for consumers, evaluators, and applied nurse researchers. The fundamental characteristics of the problem-solving/ performance-improvement processes of quality assurance, quality improvement, total quality management, and continuous quality improvement are described. Research is compared with these processes, and is followed by a discussion about the publication of quantitative research findings.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Nursing Administration Research / organization & administration*
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Perioperative Nursing / standards
  • Problem Solving
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Research Design / standards*
  • Science / methods
  • Total Quality Management / organization & administration*