The role of quality improvement initiatives in healthcare operational environments

Jafar Alavi (East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA)
Mahmoud M. Yasin (East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA)

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Publication date: 21 March 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to shed some light on the utilization of quality improvement initiatives in healthcare operational environments. In the process, environmental changes and strategic responses are examined for a sample of healthcare organizations.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey‐based research methodology is utilized in this study. Factor analysis is used to extract relevant factors representing environmental changes and strategic options relevant to healthcare organizations. In addition, simple percentages are utilized to assess the extent of implementation and effectiveness of quality improvement initiatives.

Findings

In general, the findings appear to indicate that the studied organizations have achieved both operational and strategic benefits due to the effective implementation of quality improvement initiatives. The implementation of quality improvement initiatives appears to be in response to environmental changes and challenges faced by healthcare organizations.

Practical implications

Based on the findings of this study, decision‐makers are encouraged to commit organizational resources toward the effective implementation of quality improvement initiatives. Investing in quality improvement not only is justified, but also appears to be very much needed in a changing competitive environment.

Originality/value

This study contributes to enhancing one's practical and theoretical understanding of the competitive impact of quality improvement initiatives in different operational settings.

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Citation

Alavi, J. and Yasin, M. (2008), "The role of quality improvement initiatives in healthcare operational environments", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 133-145. https://doi.org/10.1108/09526860810859003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2008, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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