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QAP Monograph Featured on World Health Organization Website
by Cynthia Young, Senior Writer

The World Health Organization recently posted the Quality Assurance Projects monograph, A Modern Paradigm for Improving Healthcare Quality, by M. Rashad Massoud, MD, MPH, Associate QA Project Director for Europe, Russia, NIS, Asia, and the Middle East, et al. The monograph is featured on the section of their web site, Observatory on Health Care for Chronic Conditions, which offers resources and information to health professionals on chronic care.

The Observatory offers hands-on information for policy-makers, health managers, and administrators on innovative approaches to organizing care for chronic conditions. The Observatory provides a place for providing content, sharing experiences, building networks, and connecting people to facilitate the spread of innovative ideas worldwide

The QA Projects 78-page monograph, which was funded by the U.S. Agency of International Development, outlines the principles and frameworks underlying modern quality improvement in healthcare, including the integration of evidence-based medicine in improving clinical quality. Four applications of QI are described and illustrated with case examples on individual problem solving, rapid team problem solving, systematic team problem solving, and ongoing process improvement. The monographs final section describes a number of useful tools in quality improvement in developing countries.

The monograph was written by M. Rashad Massoud, Karen Askov, Jolee Reinke, Lynne Miller Franco, Thada Bornstein, Elisa Knebel, and Catherine MacAuley. The monograph is part of QAPs Quality Assurance Monograph series, which presents validated and methodologically sound QA tools and materials to health practitioners.

The QA Monograph is also being used in several international graduate school MPH programs in the United States, Europe, and Africa, as text in their public health courses. The monographs concepts of modern quality improvement, case studies, and models are being taught at Boston University, Tulane University, Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique.

The website address for the World Health Organization page, The Observatory on Health Care for Chronic Conditions, can be accessed at: http://www.who.int/chronic_conditions/en/.

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