Quality improvement 101 for surgeons: Navigating the alphabet soup

Matthew T. Santore, Saleem Islam

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It is a fundamental value of the surgical profession to improve care for its patients. In the last 100 years, the principles of prospective quality improvement have started to work their way into the traditional method of retrospective case review in morbidity and mortality conference. This article summarizes the history of "improvement science" and its intersection with the field of surgery. It attempts to clarify the principles and jargon that may be new or confusing to surgeons with a different vocabulary and experience. This is done to bring the significant power and resources of improvement science to the traditional efforts to improve surgical care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-270
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in Pediatric Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Codman
  • Deming
  • Process improvement
  • Quality improvement
  • Surgery


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