Why you should get involved in quality improvement
How to make a positive change in your clinical environment
- By: Matthew Spriggs, Lauren Watts, Anita Jayadev
Many students decide to study medicine because they want to make a positive impact on people’s lives. However, being at medical school can seem like you are at the bottom of the ladder, unable to make much of a difference to clinical settings. Getting involved in a quality improvement (QI) project can be a start to making positive changes to patients’ lives as well as to those of the professionals delivering their care.
Quality improvement is a multidisciplinary approach that usually enables healthcare professionals, including medical students, patients, carers, researchers, and educators, to “make the changes that will lead to better patient outcomes (health), better system performance (care) and better professional development.”1
Participating in a QI project can help build an understanding of ward processes and the various roles that exist within a multidisciplinary team. Building relationships with staff members beyond doctors will aid your understanding of how to work