Quality in the interorganizational setting.

Academic Article


  • For many patients, important health services are delivered by a process of care that spans several service organizations. Issues influencing the quality of care delivered across organizations are infrequently discussed in the health care quality literature. In this paper, interorganizational quality problems that detract from the care received by children with spina bifida, lead poisoning, and children who have been sexually abused are identified. Using concepts from the organizational behavior literature, both structural and group process approaches to addressing these problems are discussed to enhance the care received by children. A broader conceptualization of care delivery is required if patients whose care spans institutions are to benefit from quality improvement efforts.
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  • Child, Communication, Continuity of Patient Care, Group Processes, Humans, Infant, Interinstitutional Relations, Multi-Institutional Systems, Organizational Culture, Quality of Health Care, Referral and Consultation, Total Quality Management, United States
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    Author List

  • Fargason CA; Ashworth CS; Haddock CC
  • Start Page

  • 3
  • End Page

  • 9
  • Volume

  • 10
  • Issue

  • 1