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Mapping the Status of Healthcare Improvement Science through a Narrative Review in Six European Countries

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Nursing Department and International Mobility Coordinator, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Alicante, Carretera de San Vicente del Raspeig s/n, 03690 San Vicente del Raspeig, Alicante, Spain
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Nursing Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Alicante, Carretera de San Vicente del Raspeig s/n, 03690 San Vicente del Raspeig, Alicante, Spain
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Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies, Coventry University, Gosford St, Coventry CV1 5DL, UK
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Coventry University, Gosford St, Coventry CV1 5DL, UK
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Department of Nursing, University of Peloponnese, Tripoli 22100, Greece
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(22), 4480; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16224480
Received: 18 October 2019 / Revised: 3 November 2019 / Accepted: 11 November 2019 / Published: 14 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Quality Care through Structured Health Service Improvement)
With the aim to explore how improvement science is understood, taught, practiced, and its impact on quality healthcare across Europe, the Improvement Science Training for European Healthcare Workers (ISTEW) project “Improvement Science Training for European Healthcare Workers” was funded by the European Commission and integrated by 7 teams from different European countries. As part of the project, a narrative literature review was conducted between 2008 and 2019, including documents in all partners’ languages from 26 databases. Data collection and analysis involved a common database. Validation took place through partners’ discussions. Referring to healthcare improvement science (HIS), a variety of terms, tools, and techniques were reported with no baseline definition or specific framework. All partner teams were informed about the non-existence of a specific term equivalent to HIS in their mother languages, except for the English-speaking countries. A lack of consensus, regarding the understanding and implementation of HIS into the healthcare and educational contexts was found. Our findings have brought to light the gap existing in HIS within Europe, far from other nations, such as the US, where there is a clearer HIS picture. As a consequence, the authors suggest further developing the standardization of HIS understanding and education in Europe. View Full-Text
Keywords: healthcare improvement science; quality improvement; narrative review; patient-centered care; consensus statement; health education healthcare improvement science; quality improvement; narrative review; patient-centered care; consensus statement; health education
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