The economics of quality - a practical approach

The economics of quality - a practical approach How much time and money should we devote to quality activities? Will the results be worth the resources which we invest? How can we calculate the return on our quality investments? These questions are raised by managers, clinicians and policy-makers, but they are rarely answered, which may explain the loss of credibility of some quality activities. This paper gives examples of the cost of poor quality, describes and illustrates a simple method for quality costing, and discusses the economics of quality. It considers why there is little research and teaching about the subject, and proposes how managers and clinicians can take a more economically-informed approach to quality in public healthcare. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance Emerald Publishing

The economics of quality - a practical approach

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0952-6862
DOI
10.1108/09526860010372803
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Abstract

How much time and money should we devote to quality activities? Will the results be worth the resources which we invest? How can we calculate the return on our quality investments? These questions are raised by managers, clinicians and policy-makers, but they are rarely answered, which may explain the loss of credibility of some quality activities. This paper gives examples of the cost of poor quality, describes and illustrates a simple method for quality costing, and discusses the economics of quality. It considers why there is little research and teaching about the subject, and proposes how managers and clinicians can take a more economically-informed approach to quality in public healthcare.

Journal

International Journal of Health Care Quality AssuranceEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 2000

Keywords: Quality; Costing; Management; Performance measurement

References

  • The incidence of pressure sores within a National Health Service Trust hospital during 1991
    Clarke, M; Watts, S
  • Quality is Free
    Crosby, P
  • The Costs of Pressure Sores

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