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Quality Improvement Initiatives Raise Ethics Questions

Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 26, 2010

As the authors note, those answers still aren't easy, and in fact, require more research—particularly on how existing review mechanisms for quality improvement initiatives are structured: This includes who reviews these activities, how they are reviewed, and whether such processes include an ethical assessment of the proposed QI intervention?

This research, they said, is essential to ensuring that quality of care is improved and patients' rights and interests protected. The long-lost voices of the residents former Weston State Hospital would probably agree.

Janice Simmons is a senior editor and Washington, DC, correspondent for HealthLeaders Media Online. She can be reached at jsimmons@healthleadersmedia.com.
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