Offering the latest news in health care quality and safety, the ISQua blog also features guest posts from the best and brightest in the industry.

Health inequalities, COVID-19, Black Lives Matter Featured

By | Jun. 15, 2020 |

On either side of the Atlantic, the US Black Lives Matter protests over the death of George Floyd, and the calls for a UK enquiry into the disproportionate death rate from the COVID-19 infection of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups, are energising communities and fair-minded folk globally.

Who’s last in the healthcare queue? Evidence from mystery patient visits and household surveys Featured

By | Jun. 12, 2020 |

South Africa has one of the highest inequality levels in the world and an extremely polarised healthcare system. On the one end, there exists a seemingly high-functioning, expensive private healthcare system serving approximately 16% of the population with hospital services, and up to a third of the population with out-patient services.

I Was Blind But Now I See Featured

By | Jun. 10, 2020 |

In 1778, John Newton, a slave trader, was in a vessel hit by a terrible storm. John Newton had a conversion that lead to his writing of “Amazing Grace”. Despite his spiritual conversion, it took John Newton another eight years to end his slave trading. He wrote,

Covid-19 Doctors on Call: National Program in South Africa Featured

By | Jun. 10, 2020 |

The National Covid-19 Doctors on Call Program has been in operation since 27th March 2020 and we have currently raised sufficient funding to run the program until the 30th June 2020.

Based on the success of the program, the expected spread of the Coronavirus and our assessment of the needs of the vulnerable communities we have been supporting, we believe there is significant value in continuing the operation of the helpline until December 2020. 

What Matters To You 2020 in the Pandemic Era Featured

By | Jun. 9, 2020 |

Isabela Castro, ISQua Member and Fellow and passionate patient advocate, is calling on the global healthcare community to help support the What Matters To You? Movement and celebrate the importance of patient and family voices. Find out why Isabela is dedicated to championing this movement and join us over on Twitter where Isabela is guest tweeting from @ISQua today, 9 June, in celebration of World WMTY Day 2020.

How have we curbed Covid-19 in Japan? - Why does a crow sing? – Featured

By | Jun. 8, 2020 |

A well-known Japanese comedian with a long career on TV was recognized again during the spread of coronavirus, however not on any TV screen but in an obituary. We were shocked with deep sadness to encounter the news that Ken Shimura, an influential and beloved comedian for decades in Japan, suddenly passed away due to Covid-19 despite the fact that we were about to watch a new TV drama with him cast as one of the primary characters.

Our Past and our Present - Now is the time for a better future Featured

By | Jun. 5, 2020 |

This is a time of sadness around the world as we face the impact of the pandemic and the ongoing challenges to human dignity. ISQua is an international organisation that believes in the core values of humanity, of equity and justice, with a mission to improve health and healthcare. Equity is one of the intrinsic values of quality, yet it is the most elusive.

Live Webinar en Français: Qu’est-ce qui est important pour vous? Featured

By | May. 21, 2020 |

Découvrir les valeurs des patients pour coconstruire les soins, en rejoignant la communauté de pratique francophone de l'ISQua lors de leur prochain webinaire.

Recorded webinar on Patient Safety with Dr David Bates Featured

By | Apr. 16, 2020 |

Dr David Bates joined us for a special webinar to present on his paper 'Two Decades Since To Err Is Human: An Assessment of Progress and Emerging Priorities in Patient Safety'. 

Thank you to Prof Jack Li

By | Apr. 6, 2020 |

For the past 6 years Professor Yu-Chuan (Jack) Li has been the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Quality and Safety in Health Care (IJQHC). 

Learning from Measurements in Improvement with Helen Crisp Featured

By | Apr. 6, 2020 |

ISQua's Learning about Improvement Community of Practice was delighted to host Helen Crisp for her virtual session on 'Learning from Measurements in Improvement' on 27th March 2020.

Update on the Board from the ISQua President Featured

By | Mar. 20, 2020 |

On 12 & 13 March, your ISQua Board held its annual retreat followed by the Board meeting.  I am pleased to summarize our deliberations herewith.

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