Continuous Quality Improvement in Dialysis Units: Basic Tools

  • William M. McClellan
    Address correspondence to William McClellan MD, MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, 1518 Clifton Rd, Department of Epidemiology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322
    From Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA; and Renal Medicine Associates, Albuquerque, NM
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  • Richard S. Goldman
    From Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA; and Renal Medicine Associates, Albuquerque, NM
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      Physicians and allied health professionals are expected to understand and participate in the assessment and improvement of the quality of care delivered to patients in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) treatment centers. Participating in the quality improvement process will bring clinicians into contact with special knowledge and skills drawn from the areas of statistical process control and industrial engineering. Some of the more frequently encountered of these concepts and tools are described.

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