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Maintaining Your Quality Improvement Achievements

Are you just beginning quality improvement initiatives?  Maybe you have been trying them for a while, but the results aren’t what you expected.  Unfortunately, quality improvement efforts sometimes follow the pattern of those who lose weight; after a couple of years most of the weight that was lost has been regained.  So too quality improvement efforts seem to die or become less productive.  I was reminded of this recently.  I was recently talking with a colleague who reported that the quality improvement efforts at the site he worked with had died out after a year or so.   This pattern can also be found in those with chronic diseases; after an initial success in managing the disease, the patient falls back into old habits and the disease worsens as does the life of the patient.  Why do quality improvement efforts and management of weight and chronic diseases fail so frequently?  A … Read More