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Research vs. Quality Improvement

Research Quality Improvement
Form and test hypotheses Focus on systems and processes
Systematically study a problem of interest following a structured protocol Establish measures to determine if a specific change actually leads to an improvement in systems and processes
Collect, analyze, and interpreter the findings of data collection Analyze data to improve systems related to processes and outcomes (ie, cost, productivity, quality)
Disseminate the findings Use the findings to improve quality of care

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Gregory, K. E. (2015). Differentiating Between Research and Quality Improvement. The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing, 29(2), 100-102.

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