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Improvement Science in Anaesthesia

Wagstaff, DT; Bedford, J; Moonesinghe, SR; (2017) Improvement Science in Anaesthesia. Current Anesthesiology Reports , 7 (4) pp. 432-439. 10.1007/s40140-017-0234-5. Green open access

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Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article offers an overview of the history and features of Improvement Science in general and some of its applications to Anaesthesia in particular. RECENT FINDINGS: Improvement Science is an evolving discipline aiming to generate learning from quality improvement interventions. An increasingly common approach to improving Anaesthesia services is to employ large-scale perioperative data measurement and feedback programmes. Improvement Science offers important insights on questions such as which indicators to collect data for; how to capture that data; how it can be presented in engaging visual formats; how it could/should be fed back to frontline staff and how they can be supported in their use of data to generate improvement. SUMMARY: Data measurement and feedback systems represent opportunities for anaesthetists to work with multidisciplinary colleagues to help improve services and outcomes for surgical patients. Improvement Science can help evaluate which approaches work, and in which contexts, and is therefore of value to healthcare commissioners, providers and patients.

Type: Article
Title: Improvement Science in Anaesthesia
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s40140-017-0234-5
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40140-017-0234-5
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2017. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Improvement Science, Anaesthesia, Quality, Data feedback
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Targeted Intervention
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10041777
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