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You may ask yourself “What is Quality in Healthcare?” Many people have heard about the Institute of Medicine Reports “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System and Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Healthcare System for the 21st Century.” These landmark reports questioned our beliefs that hospitals are safe places for patients and argued that healthcare is one of the leading causes of harm in our country. Since that report became part of our cultural history almost 20 years ago, quality reporting and regulatory requirements created to improve patient care have increased exponentially. In healthcare, we are constantly striving to understand how the next patient will be harmed and working to continuously improve the care we give. So, What is Quality in Healthcare today? How can Quality Research make care safer? Check out these resources to learn more and get ideas for the work you can do, contributing to the quality discussion.

Now that you’ve decided you want to pursue quality research to improve patient care, how do you get funded?

Review these links to learn about funding opportunities for quality and implementation science:

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

Listings of internal and external funding opportunities on JHU Research website

IRB (Institutional Review Boards)

NIH Fogarty International Center Implementation Science Grants

STAR (Science to Achieve Results) Grants

Click to view current funding

Now that you have decided to pursue quality research, where will you publish your study results? Many Journals publish quality research. See the list of Journals below. Many Journals are available when accessed from a computer linked to the Johns Hopkins Network:

BMJ Leader

BMJ Open Quality

BMJ Quality and Safety

Health Services Research

International Journal for Quality in Health Care

International Journal of Public Health and Safety

The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

Journal for Healthcare Quality

Journal of Community Medicine and Health Education

Journal of Patient Care

Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management

Medical Safety and Global Health

Quality Management in Health Care