Offering the latest news in health care quality and safety, the ISQua blog also features guest posts from the best and brightest in the industry.

Editor's Choice Papers

By | Jan. 10, 2019 |

We have two Editor's Choice papers from the International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Volume 30, Issue 9, November 2018

Medication Safety in Primary Care with Dr Neil Houston

By | Jan. 8, 2019 |

Did you know?

Medications prescribed, dispensed and monitored in Primary Care can cause harm to patients, accounting for approximately 6% of hospital admissions. A few groups of drugs cause the majority of these admissions. Rather than being the very high-risk drugs prescribed to a small group of people, the drugs implicated tend to be of moderate risk, but prescribed to large numbers of patients and associated with polypharmacy and the elderly.

ISQua and Lucian Leape launch new Patient Safety Fellowship

By | Dec. 19, 2018 |

ISQua in collaboration with Lucian Leape are launching a new Patient Safety Fellowship Programme available to all current physicians and health care providers from developing countries, or countries in transition, interested in advancing and expanding their expertise in patient safety, with resultant improvement of safety of patients in their local area. 

Latest Experiences at WHO Headquarters

By | Dec. 19, 2018 |

How time flies? Some Two months ago when I started my interning at the WHO headquarters my supervisor cautioned me that I have to make every moment count as the three months allocated for my internship can be so short. And indeed, the time has gone by just like the snap of a finger. Here am I reflecting on the last few weeks of my stay in Geneva.

New ISQua Community of Practice: Learning about Improvement

By | Dec. 19, 2018 |

ISQua in association with the USAID ASSIST Project/ University Research Co., LLC (URC) will be launching a new Community of Practice in 2019 which will focus on Learning about Improvement.

Applying Systems Thinking to Healthcare with David Vaughan

By | Dec. 14, 2018 |

We were delighted to host David Vaughan for our ISQua Fellowship Programme live webinar in December on the topic of Applying Systems Thinking to Healthcare.

My Visit to the ISQua Office

By | Dec. 3, 2018 |

As ISQua President, I had the opportunity to spend 4 days in Dublin, November 12 – 15, at the ISQua office as well as meet with key colleagues with whom we closely work.  This was an extremely informative and welcoming visit. 

Closing Remarks on ISQua's 35th International Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

By | Nov. 27, 2018 |

The following are the ISQua 2018 Conference Closing Remarks provided by President Wendy Nicklin. For those who attended and for those unable to attend, this speech provides an overview of some of the messages delivered during the 3 days of plenary sessions.


Tales from a one-month experience at WHO headquarters, Geneva

By | Nov. 27, 2018 |

During my flight from Cameroon, which lasted over 10 hours with a five-hour transit at Istanbul, I couldn’t stop imagining how it will feel entering the city of Geneva and Switzerland. I had read about Geneva to be a great historical city with rich touristic attractions and host to head offices of many international organisations. However, this would be my first time of visiting the city, besides having being to other cities in Europe. The anxiety reached summit level as my airplane safely landed in the Geneva international airport.

Layman Summary of IJQHC Journal Article - Implementation Science in Low-Resource Settings: Using the Interactive Systems Framework to Improve Hand Hygiene in a Tertiary Hospital in Ghana

By | Nov. 27, 2018 |

Authors: BRIANNE KALLAM1 , CHRISTIE PETTITT-SCHIEBER2 , MEDGE OWEN3 , REBECCA AGYARE ASANTE4 , ELIZABETH DARKO4 , and ROHIT RAMASWAMY2 , 1Kybele, Inc., Lewisville, NC 27023, USA, 2Public Health Leadership Program, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA, 3Department of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA, and 4Department of Child Health, Ridge Regional Hospital, Accra, Ghana.

Layman Summary of IJQHC Journal Article - Longitudinal variation in pressure injury incidence among long-term aged care facilities

By | Nov. 27, 2018 |

Authors: MIKAELA JORGENSEN, JOYCE SIETTE, ANDREW GEORGIOU, and JOHANNA I. WESTBROOK, Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

Pressure injuries (PIs) are commonly measured in aged care but usually only at single points in time using surveys.

Managing Resistance to Change with Jacqui Stewart

By | Nov. 21, 2018 |

We were delighted to host Jacqui Stewart for our ISQua Fellowship Programme live webinar in November on the topic of Managing Resistance to Change.

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