Medicine And Books

The Practice of Quality

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 01 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1428
  1. Peter Wilcock

    The Practice of Quality

    Richard Joss, Maurice Kogan Open University Press, £14.99, pp 215 ISBN 0 335 19395 1

    The Practice of Quality

    The Practice of Quality

    Donald Irvine, Sally Irvine Radcliffe, £16.50, pp 206 ISBN 1 85775 073 X

    Written from very different perspectives, these books come at a time when traditional paradigms of quality are being increasingly questioned. The Irvines' book is based on their extensive experience of working in primary care, while Joss and Kogan's more detailed research account analyses their three year study of a sample of the hospital and community services funded by the Department of Health to test the relevance of total quality management principles to health care.

    Both books focus on the dynamic of improving health care rather than merely taking snapshots of its current quality. They build …

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