Health Care Quality Improvement Publication Trends

Gordon H. Sun*, Mark P. MacEachern, Rocco J. Perla, Jean M. Gaines, Matthew M. Davis, William H. Shrank

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Abstract

To analyze the extent of academic interest in quality improvement (QI) initiatives in medical practice, annual publication trends for the most well-known QI methodologies being used in health care settings were analyzed. A total of 10 key medical- and business-oriented library databases were examined: PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, ISI Web of Science, Scopus, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, ABI/INFORM, and Business Source Complete. A total of 13 057 articles were identified that discuss at least 1 of 10 well-known QI concepts used in health care contexts, 8645 (66.2%) of which were classified as original research. “Total quality management” was the only methodology to demonstrate a significant decline in publication over time. “Continuous quality improvement” was the most common topic of study across all publication years, whereas articles discussing Lean methodology demonstrated the largest growth in publication volume over the past 2 decades. Health care QI publication volume increased substantially beginning in 1991.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-407
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Quality
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Medicare
  • bibliometrics
  • quality assurance
  • quality improvement
  • quality of health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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    Sun, G. H., MacEachern, M. P., Perla, R. J., Gaines, J. M., Davis, M. M., & Shrank, W. H. (2014). Health Care Quality Improvement Publication Trends. American Journal of Medical Quality, 29(5), 403-407. https://doi.org/10.1177/1062860613503708