Engaging frontline clinicians in effective quality and safety improvement is essential for improving patient outcomes
Health care in Australia faces many challenges. Research suggests, for example, that effective care is underused in 40% of clinical encounters,1 up to 60% of tests and treatments are not justified by evidence,2 and misuse or errors affect up to 20% of hospital admissions.3 These observations call for significant investment in systematised quality and safety improvement (QSI) activities which can improve patient outcomes across a variety of clinical settings. These include reducing surgical site infections in joint replacement surgery,4 reducing mishaps, complications and mortality during and after non‐cardiac surgery,5 or improving survival and optimising care processes of patients with acute cardiac disease.6
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