National quality improvement programmes need time and resources to have an impactBMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5462 (Published 09 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5462
- Rob Cook, clinical director1,
- Tara Lamont, director2,
- Rosie Martin, clinical specialist1
- on behalf of NIHR Dissemination Centre
- 1Bazian, Economist Intelligence Unit Healthcare, London, UK
- 2Wessex Institute, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
- Correspondence to R Cook
Peden CJ, Stephens T, Martin G et al. Effectiveness of a national quality improvement programme to improve survival after emergency abdominal surgery (EPOCH): a stepped-wedge cluster-randomised trial. Lancet 2019;393:2213-21.
This project was funded by the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (project number 12/5005/10).
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