|Form and test hypothesis||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|
Table from: Differentiating between research and QI Gregory 2015
Business Source Complete (EBSCO)
Try: ((DE "QUALITY control") OR (DE "LEAN management")) AND (DE "MEDICAL care")
Try some of the following terms: "Total Quality Management", "Delivery of Health Care", "Quality Indicators, Health Care", "Delivery of Health Care, Integrated", Health Care Reform", "Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation", "Process Assessment (Health Care)", "Outcome Assessment (Health Care)", "Health Care Costs", "Quality of Health Care", "Quality Assurance, Health Care", "Primary Health Care", "Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)"
Try: ("quality improvement" OR "quality of health care" OR "quality of care research" OR "patient safety" OR "health care delivery") AND (YOUR TOPIC)
Health Services/Technology Assessment Texts (HSTAT): includes AHRQ evidence reports, SAMHSA/CSAT treatment protocols, etc.