Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement: A Guide to Improving Your Patients' Care (Third Edition)

Fundamentals book cover.jpgGregory S. Ogrinc, MD, MS
Linda A. Headrick, MD, MS
Shirley M. Moore, RN, PhD
Amy J. Barton, RN, PhD
Mary A. Dolansky, RN, PhD
Wendy S. Madigosky, MD, MSPH


“In an era when clinicians tend to spend more time at the computer than at the bedside or talking to patients in the clinic, the book’s emphasis on careful observation and rapid-cycle testing in partnership with patients is important and refreshing. The authors’ blended, practical approach to teaching makes for an entertaining, engaging book.” — Don Goldmann, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, Emeritus, and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, from the Foreword to the third edition
Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement: A Guide to Improving Your Patients’ Care, Third Edition, provides a critical resource to explore systems improvements and to advance high reliability and quality patient care. Copublished by Joint Commission Resources and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the third edition is packed with resources — from examples of teams implementing systems improvements, to study questions for practical application, to diagrams, figures, tables, and other tools intended to identify improvement opportunities and to make concrete changes. New to this edition is an emphasis on interprofessional teamwork and patient engagement, information about the value equation, and tools and worksheets for achieving quality improvement.
The book is available for purchase on the Joint Commission Resources website.
To meet the needs of beginners in health care QI, Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement will:
  • Explain the theory, principles, and methods of quality improvement
  • Provide opportunities for readers to apply quality improvement in a developmentally appropriate manner
  • Teach readers to analyze and measure systems of care and recommend system-level changes
  • Prepare readers to be advanced beginners in these domains so that they are ready to further develop these skills
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