Why Clinicians Are the Missing Link in Healthcare Quality Improvement and Three Principles to Solve the Problem
When it comes to successful quality improvement (QI) in healthcare, clinicians tend to be the missing link. Fortunately, the disconnect between QI initiatives and the day-to-day work of clinicians can be explained and resolved if health systems adopt and embrace three clinician-focused principles:
- Principle #1: QI starts at the front line (initiatives should be identified and driven by clinicians).
- Principle #2: QI makes it easy for clinicians to do the right thing (removes barriers to good work rather than increasing the amount of work clinicians do).
- Principle #3: QI empowers clinicians to adapt care (even if it’s not QI protocol).