Quality improvement in action: Development of a tool

Ruth Honnas, Cheryl Zlotnick

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Based on findings of the Utilization/Peer Review Forum, a quality assurance system committee comprising public health professionals, there was a question about whether public health nurses followed the standards of care when treating children with anemia. The article describes the process of identifying the problem and then developing and implementing an investigation to determine the magnitude of the problem. A sample of 703 child care records was audited. As a result of this process, conflicts in the established protocols of the county health department were identified, and an unexpectedly high prevalence of childhood anemia was discovered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-77
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Care Quality
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Audit tool
  • Public health
  • Quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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