Designed for all providers of women’s healthcare – including those undertaking Maintenance of Certification programs, trainees preparing for postgraduate examinations, and those initiating or growing a program of quality improvement and patient safety – this practical manual guides those implementing QI and safety programs with specific emphasis on Obstetrics and Gynecology practice.
The content contains a strong case-based element to improve accessibility and understanding. An introductory section covers core attributes needed by all physicians to build a culture of patient safety, including leadership, communication and QI skills.
Core clinical skills are then reviewed – in a variety of labor ward, office, operating room, and outpatient settings. Finally systems implications are highlighted, including information transparency and disclosure, training programs, and regulatory and legal implications.
The editors are involved with national and international initiatives educating physicians in safety aspects of practice. The book is published in collaboration with the Foundation for EXXcellence.
About the Author
Thomas Ivester, M.D., M.P.H is Professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill. Dr Ivester serves as Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for Medical Affairs for UNC Hospitals. His work heavily emphasizes healthcare quality and patient safety.
Patrice M. Weiss, M.D., FACOG is Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Virginia Tech University Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA and Chief Medical Officer, Carilion Clinic. Dr Weiss serves as Chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee.
Paul A. Gluck, M.D. is in private group practice in Miami and is a clinical associate professor at the University of Miami. Dr Gluck is past chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and the Subcommittee on Patient Safety. He has served as the director of ACOG’s Voluntary Review of Quality of Care program and as a member of the committees on Course Coordination and Nominations. He has been an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association, an ex officio member of the Committee on Professional Liability, and a participant in the ACOG Patient Safety Summit.
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