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The use of PDSA methodology to evaluate and optimise an inner city memory clinic: a quality improvement project.

Perry, J; Bell, F; Shaw, T; Fitzpatrick, B; Sampson, EL; (2014) The use of PDSA methodology to evaluate and optimise an inner city memory clinic: a quality improvement project. BMC Geriatr , 14 , Article 4. 10.1186/1471-2318-14-4. Green open access

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Abstract

The Memory Services National Accreditation Programme states that memory services should provide "timely access to assessment and diagnosis" of dementia. We undertook a quality improvement project using Plan-Do-Study-Act methodology to improve patient access to an inner city memory service. This report focuses on the third Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle where, in 2012, we aimed to shorten the time from memory service referral to assessment and to diagnosis. The time from referral to assessment increased but the time from referral to diagnosis and to treatment decreased. Other memory clinics could use Plan-Do-Study-Act to enable faster diagnosis and better care for patients with dementia.

Type: Article
Title: The use of PDSA methodology to evaluate and optimise an inner city memory clinic: a quality improvement project.
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2318-14-4
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2318-14-4
Language: English
Additional information: © 2014 Perry et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated. PMCID: PMC3898088
Keywords: Memory service; Dementia; Quality improvement
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 Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1418371
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