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The Danish health care quality programme: Creating change through the use of quality improvement collaboratives

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Policy-makers worldwide place quality in health care high on their agendas. Inspired by global trends within health care governance, there has been an increase in patient-oriented and network-based models for quality improvement. In 2015, the Danish Government introduced the Danish Health Care Quality Programme (DHCQP) for the entire Danish health care system in line with this development. For the first time in Denmark, the DHCQP introduced network-based quality improvement collaboratives (QICs) as a model for the implementation of a national quality improvement reform. This article presents the organisational set up and anticipated effects of using QICs within the DHCQP. The Danish set-up is related to the common international use of QICs and the existing evidence for their effectiveness and implementation. The analysis demonstrates a novel organisational set-up embedded in the organisation of the QICs. Furthermore, the article points to two main trends in the DHCQP, namely, centralisation of quality improvement strategies and integration of quality improvement work in clinical practices, and furthermore proposes a need for future research concerning implementation of QICs. Particularly, there is a need to investigate the different activities and organisational mechanisms in the implementation process and how these influence the implementation and functioning of QICs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Policy
Pages (from-to)749-754
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

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    Research areas

  • Denmark, Health care, Implementation, Quality improvement collaboratives, Quality programme

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