Patient Safety/Quality Improvement Primer, Part I: What PS/QI Means to Your Otolaryngology Practice

Michael J. Brenner, C. W.David Chang, Emily F. Boss, Julie L. Goldman, Richard M. Rosenfeld, Cecelia E. Schmalbach

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Patient safety/quality improvement (PS/QI) is the cornerstone of 21st-century health care. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery is excited to provide a dedicated PS/QI primer. The overarching goal for this PS/QI series is to provide a comprehensive and practical resource that assists readers, authors, and peer reviewers in understanding PS/QI research, its unique methodology, and the associated reporting standards for trustworthy performance measures. The target audience includes resident and fellows, faculty from the private sector and academia, and allied health professionals. This inaugural primer reviews PS/QI background as it relates to otolaryngology practice. It explores the history, goals, and development of performance measurement. In addition, it highlights opportunities for integrating PS/QI into otolaryngology practice. Payers will drive patients to quality care based on outcomes. Otolaryngologists have a responsibility to embrace a culture of PS/QI. In doing so, we will define optimal, quality otolaryngology care through objective data and metrics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018


  • MIPS reporting
  • national registry
  • patient safety
  • quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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