Defining quality improvement in public health

J Public Health Manag Pract. Jan-Feb 2010;16(1):5-7. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181bedb49.

Abstract

Many industries commonly use quality improvement (QI) techniques to improve service delivery and process performance. Yet, there has been scarce application of these proven methods to public health settings and the public health field has not developed a set of shared principles or a common definition for quality improvement. This article discusses a definition of quality improvement in public health and describes a continuum of quality improvement applications for public health departments. Quality improvement is a distinct management process and set of tools and techniques that are coordinated to ensure that departments consistently meet the health needs of their communities.

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation
  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Public Health / standards*
  • Public Health Administration / standards
  • Quality Improvement*
  • Terminology as Topic*