Incorporating QI into veterinary practice

15 Feb 2020

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By Adele Waters

Vet professionals are signed up to the concept of quality improvement (QI) to drive up standards of care, but lack of time is the chief reason they don’t implement or use systematic QI approaches.

These are among the main findings drawn from an analysis of the QI landscape across the veterinary sector, conducted last year by consultancy Rand Europe.

It found that, unlike in human healthcare, QI is not embedded into day-to-day veterinary practice and, where it does exist, it is a more informal arrangement.

QI is about reviewing an existing task or process and using a formal and explicit approach to improve it

QI is about reviewing an existing task or process and using a formal and explicit approach to improve it. While lack of know-how and organisational support are significant barriers to vet professionals undertaking QI activity, time pressures are seen as the...