Monthly Archives: March 2011

The difficulties with Quality Improvement in health and social care

The focus on industrial quality improvement (QI) and teamwork emerged in the 1940s in response to the need for high quality, low cost materials for World War II.  The quality improvement approach was subsequently popularised in the Japanese automobile manufacturing industry in the 1960s and 1970s.  Supported by influential organisations such as the Institute for… Read More »

Challenges with Crew Resource Management

One of the foremost efforts by the aviation community to develop safe teams is the training program known as CRM.  This approach originated from work undertaken by  NASA who identified that the primary cause of the majority of aviation accidents was human error, and that the main problems were failures of communication, leadership and decisions… Read More »

Why we need to problematise the interprofessional field

Established academic fields such as education and sociology have regularly problematised a range of common place issues.  However, to date, within the interprofessional field there has been little effort to problematise key interprofessional concepts, the interprofessional activities (courses, workshops) that have been produced, or the evaluative approaches employed.  The lack of problematisation within the interprofessional… Read More »