Model for improvement - Part 1: A framework for health care quality

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2009 Aug;56(4):757-78. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2009.06.002.


The Model for Improvement is a rigorous and reasonable method for busy health care practitioners to use to improve patient outcomes. The use of this model requires practice for clinicians to be comfortable, but mastery is critical to develop the necessary skills to participate in quality improvement initiatives. The future of health care in the United States depends on every practitioner delivering safe, effective, and efficient care. The case study demonstrates how this methodology can be applied in any busy health care setting. Incorporating this approach to quality improvement into daily work will improve clinical outcomes and advance health care delivery and design.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asthma* / diagnosis
  • Asthma* / therapy
  • Child
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards*
  • Efficiency, Organizational*
  • Humans
  • Medical Records
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Pediatrics* / organization & administration
  • Pediatrics* / standards
  • Pediatrics* / trends
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / organization & administration*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / standards
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / trends
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Quality of Health Care* / organization & administration
  • Quality of Health Care* / standards
  • Quality of Health Care* / trends
  • United States