New quality improvement category in PubMed queries

A new category relating to Quality Improvement (QI) has been added to the Health Services Research (HSR) PubMed Queries page.

Quality improvement was introduced as a MeSH heading in 2011. The new QI broad (sensitive) search query goes beyond the MeSH definition to retrieve studies that consider aspects of quality such as clinical competence, outcomes and process assessment, program evaluation, quality indicators, and quality assurance. The new QI narrow (specific) search query retrieves studies that are methodologically rigorous and ready for application to practice and thus may not retrieve all studies relating to quality improvement.

These search queries will help users quickly identify a set of relevant citations as a starting point, using the broad query when time allows or using the narrow query for a more manageable retrieval when there are time constraints.

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