A number of New Zealand district health boards (DHBs) are using quality frameworks and concepts as core elements of their organisational strategies to improve patient outcomes and manage health care costs. The successes and challenges of these strategies can provide useful insights for other DHBs and the broader health system.
In 2015, three New Zealand government agencies – the Ministry of...
The Health Quality & Safety Commission has facilitated a review of literature associated with the development and use of trigger tools to determine rates of harm in health care settings. Trigger tools can function either as a counting system that aims to estimate the rate of harm at an organisation or as an alerting system that aims to highlight the occurrence of a potential adverse event so...
Pertussis (also known as whooping cough) can be very serious, even fatal. This report demonstrates that the impact of the illness is not distributed equitably among New Zealand children and young people.
The Health Quality & Safety Commission's Surgical Culture Safety Survey provides baseline data on attitudes and perceptions of surgical team members at New Zealand district health boards. Nearly 850 survey responses were received.
The Commission is rolling out a package of programmes aimed at helping improve teamwork and communication in the operating theatre. The Surgical Culture...
19 Nov 2015
This report from KPMG presents the findings of a qualitative study into reducing pressure injuries in New Zealand.
Pressure injuries are a major cause of preventable harm for healthcare services including hospital, residential aged care and home care in New Zealand. Approximately 4-8% of those that receive healthcare in New Zealand experience a PI, regardless of their age or mobility1. PI...
Evaluation of the Health Quality & Safety Commission's Partners in Care 2014–15 co-design programme, including a summary version and full evaluation report.
In 2015, as part of a larger evaluation of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s work, the Commission contracted researchers at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Otago to undertake a health professionals’ perceptions of quality survey with health professionals in New Zealand’s district health boards (DHBs).
The aims were to assess the quality and safety cultures in...
New Zealanders expect and deserve safe health care of the highest quality. We have a complex health care system that helps prevent and treat illness every day, and provides care to those reaching the end of their life.
This report looks at currently available measures within a framework for understanding quality and considers ‘How good is New Zealand’s health care?’ It seeks to...
Topics: Kaupapa Māori, Research, Education & Training, Families & Whānau, Child Development, Child Mortality, Disease, Hazards, Healthcare, Rangatahi, Te Āo Māori, Whānau
This report examines health literacy demands on both whānau and health services around asthma management for Māori children. It makes a number of recommendations to address health literacy to improve asthma outcomes for Māori children.
Recommendations focus on health system, health organisation and health professional level approaches toward addressing barriers to optimal health literacy for...
Surgical checklists, briefings and debriefings have recently begun to be used in theatres worldwide. The aim of these tools is to improve the quality and safety of health care services provided to patients undergoing surgery and to help prevent adverse events. Checklists, briefings and debriefings have been derived from other high reliability industries, where errors are not acceptable, such as...