Quality Improvement in Primary Care for Children: Interest and Desire, but Lack of Action

SUMMARY: In this issue of Academic Pediatrics, Zickafoose et al present primary care physicians' experience and attitudes toward quality reports. In their survey with over 700 physician respondents, they found that most physicians caring for children in primary care settings were receiving quality reports. However, even though most physicians believed these reports could be useful in guiding their quality improvement (QI) efforts, few actually did so. Physicians cited several barriers, including limited time for and lack of training in QI techniques, lack of timeliness of the data, and inclusion of measures over which they had limited control.



Fieldston ES, Hart J