Using quality improvement to enhance research readiness in palliative care

J Healthc Qual. 2006 Jul-Aug;28(4):22-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1945-1474.2006.tb00617.x.


Quality improvement is an essential feature of the ongoing development of palliative care programs. Little has been written, however, about using quality improvement as a strategy to introduce research concepts to staff and administrators for the purpose of enhancing research readiness in healthcare settings. This article describes such an endeavor. The authors discuss two quality improvement initiatives undertaken by a palliative care program in Canada. These two examples demonstrate how the quality improvement process acted as a catalyst to enhance research readiness.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • British Columbia
  • Health Facilities
  • Health Services Research*
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care / standards*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care*