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Quality Improvement in a Federally Funded Community Funded Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program

JHHSA, Vol. 27 No. 1, (2004)

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) methods offer healthcare organizations valuable tools for improving services to their patients. These tools are also useful in improving the way an organization delivers its services. In this case study, the authors describe the use of quality improvement activities for improving the enrollment and screening for breast and cervical cancer for the Women's Health Connection (WHC). The WHC is operated by the Nevada Department of Human Resources, Health Division, to provide screening for income eligible women between the ages of 40-64. Funding for the WHC was provided by the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP). By using Quality Improvement Teams, the WHC was able to restructure the way women were being enrolled in the program in order to increase the number of women screened and to help the program met CDC performance indicators. This article documents the quality improvement process used in the case study, highlights the areas improved, and demonstrates how quality improvement was useful in improving services provided to women. It also describes staff acceptance of the quality improvement process and its potential future applications.

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