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Quality improvement in hospice settings: perceptions of leaders

Jitendra Singh (Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, Minnesota, USA)
Brandi Sillerud (School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, Minnesota, USA)
Marah Omar (School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, Minnesota, USA)

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Article publication date: 12 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore and examine attitudes and perceptions of leaders on application of quality improvement (QI) strategies in a palliative and hospice care organization.

Design/methodology/approach

This study employed qualitative research methodology where leaders working in a hospice and palliative care organization were invited to participate in 45–60-min-long semi-structured interview. Interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim. Qualitative content analysis was utilized to analyze the data collected during participant interviews.

Findings

Seven leaders participated in the interviews. Five themes were developed from data analysis: patient-centered care; continuous QI; leadership involvement and commitment; communication as a foundation for QI; and perceived barriers. Data analysis suggests that use of QI approach in palliative and hospice care enhances the quality of care provided for patients, and can help improve patient satisfaction.

Practical implications

Because there is a paucity of research on implementation of QI strategies in hospice and palliative care settings, this research can have wide practical implications. This research can provide useful practical tips to leaders as they work on implementing QI projects in their organization.

Originality/value

This manuscript can be of value to leaders, administrators and academicians who are interested in applying QI principles to healthcare processes especially in palliative and hospice care settings. Ability to work with others, solid communication and involvement of employees from all levels can help in streamlining current systems of care.

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Citation

Singh, J., Sillerud, B. and Omar, M. (2019), "Quality improvement in hospice settings: perceptions of leaders", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 32 No. 7, pp. 1098-1112. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHCQA-04-2019-0084

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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