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.

Joy in Work with Jessica Perlo

By | Jun. 24, 2019 |

We were delighted to host Jessica Perlo for our ISQua Fellowship Programme live webinar in June on the topic of Joy in Work.

Physicians’ Working Style Reform

By | Jun. 21, 2019 |

Incumbent Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet members launched in 2016 several audacious policies to boost Japan’s economy, which has been suffering economically for more than two decades. Surprisingly, it turned out that one of these policies was closely related to me i.e. “Working Style Reform” included “Physician”.

Promote and maintain the reduction of blood culture contamination rate in a district general hospital/ Qatar, a quality improvement project, 2014-2018

By | Jun. 17, 2019 |

Dr Mariam Youssef Shamseddin, a Medical Doctor, and a Specialist in staff clinic, quality and risk reviewers in the Quality and Patient Safety Department at Al Wakra Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar; and an ISQua Fellow, has published a paper on a quality improvement project that took place in her hospital.

Ten additional perspectives about health services accreditation

By | Jun. 13, 2019 |

We congratulate the Deeble Institute and the authors, Mr Ryan Swiers and Dr Rebecca Haddock, on the recent publication of the evidence brief (#18) titled “Assessing the value of accreditation to health systems and organisations”.  As a group of professionals committed to the contribution of accreditation to quality improvement in healthcare, this brief is one of value and raises some key issues.

Update from the seventy-second session of the World Health Assembly (20 - 28 May 2019)

By | Jun. 7, 2019 |

The seventy-second session of the World Health Assembly took place in Geneva from 20th to 28th May 2019.

Many public health topics were on the agenda of this assembly and, according to the closing remarks of Doctor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s Director-General, the most outstanding achievements of this assembly are the following:

What matters to you? The global movement and the patient’s voice

By | Jun. 6, 2019 |

ISQua Fellow and one of our 2018 ISQua/AGPAL Interns, Isabela Castro, has shared her thoughts on the 'What Matters to You?' movement. 6th June is the 'What Matters to You? day, which aims to encourage and support more meaningful conversations between people who provide health and social care and the people, families and carers who receive health and social care.

Implementation of a Patient Safety Curriculum in Healthcare Professional Colleges

By | Jun. 6, 2019 |
Professor Dr. Matiur Rahman, Principal and Director of the Riphah Institute of Healthcare Improvement and Safety, and ISQua Fellow, has written the following story about the implementation ofa Patient Safety Curriculum in Healthcare Professional Colleges in SAARC countries.

Warming up for Cape Town 2019

By | Jun. 5, 2019 |

We are using every opportunity to publicise and promote the ISQua Conference 2019 in Cape Town. I had the privilege of chairing the Quality Management Conference at the Africa Health Congress in Johannesburg on 29 and 30 May. Both COHSASA and ISQua partnered with Informa for the conference, so there was lots of publicity for ISQua, Cape Town 2019. The theme was ‘Public or private health care – quality is everyone’s business.

Improvement Culture vs Compliance Culture in Healthcare

By | May. 30, 2019 |

In the last 10 years, a lot has happened around the world as far as healthcare quality and patient safety is concerned.

This includes efforts from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the epitome of healthcare-related enterprise, to Ministries of Health, and down to single-doctor clinics.

These efforts cover the most developed nations as well as least developed. Huge praise should be given to leaders at all levels for driving the agenda.

Become ISQua's next Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Quality in Health Care

By | May. 21, 2019 |

Expressions of interest are now being invited for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Quality in Health Care, commencing on 1st April 2020, when the current Editor-in-Chief, Professor Jack Yu-Chuan (Jack) Li steps down after six years in the role.

Dr Wu selected for the 2019 Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) Career Achievement Prize

By | May. 16, 2019 |

The Health Assessment Lab/Medical Outcomes Trust is pleased to announce the selection of Albert W. Wu, MD, MPH as the recipient of the 2019 Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) Career Achievement Prize.

Africa Hospitals Patient Safety Initiative – Early Lessons with Dr Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey

By | May. 8, 2019 |

We were delighted to host Dr Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey for our ISQua Fellowship Programme live webinar in May on the topic of Africa Hospitals Patient Safety Initiative – Early Lessons.

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