QUALITY ASSURANCE PROJECT (QAP) New Publications -May 18, 1998

The Quality Assurance Brief
The Quality Assurance Brief is published twice yearly. This project newsletter shares with the international health community the methodologies, activities, and findings of quality improvement initiatives sponsored by the Quality Assurance Project.

  • Volume I, No. 1, September 1991 Item 1-1
  • Volume I, No. 2, May 1992 Item 1-2
  • Volume II, No. 1, June 1993 Item 1-3
  • Volume III, No. 1, January 1994 Item 1-4
  • Volume III, No. 2, Summer 1994 Item 1-5
  • Volume III, No. 3, Winter 1994 Item 1-6
  • Volume IV, No. 1, Summer 1995 Item 1-7
  • Volume V, No. 1, Summer 1996 Item 1-8
  • Volume VI, No. 1, Summer 1997 Item 1-9
  • Volume VII, No., Spring 1998 Item 1-10

The QA Monograph
Selected QAP research activities are featured in the Quality Assurance Methodology Refinement Series.

  • QA Monograph I: Quality Assurance of Health Care in Developing Countries Item 2-1
  • QA Monograph II: Achieving Quality Through Problem-Solving and Process Improvement Item 2-2
  • QA Monograph III: Improving Interpersonal Communication Between Health Care Providers and Clients Item 2-3
  • QA Monograph IV: Standards and Monitoring (to be published) Item 2-4
  • Quality Assurance Training Series: Training Manager’s Guide Item 2-5

QAP Support for Micronutrient Programs
This publication summarizes the QAP’s worldwide support for micronutrient program implementation strategies conducted by ministries of health, PVOs, local NGOs, USAID centrally-funded and bilateral projects, and other international donors. It describes in detail QAP’s specific applications of quality improvement techniques to local micronutrient programs.

The QA Reports
The Quality Assurance Reports are 2-page reports which highlight specific project activities in Quality Assurance methodology refinement and technical assistance.

  • VOL I, Oct 1991
    Quality Improvement of Primary Health Care in Chile Item 4-1
    Management Improvement Tools in the Dominican Republic Item 4-2
    Quality Assurance Checklists for Structured Supervision Prove Successful in Zaire Item 4-3
  • VOL II, July 1992
    QAP Promotes Teamwork through Training Item 4-4
    Assessing the Quality of Immunization Services in Burkina Faso and Niger Item 4-5
    INCAP Applies Service Quality Assessment Tools to Strengthen Diarrheal Control Services in Guatemala Item 4-6
  • VOL III, June 1993
    Quality Design Helps to Remove Barriers to Latrine use in Guatemala Item 4-7
    Improving the Quality and Efficiency of Hospital Health Care Services in Guatemala Item 4-8
    In Tahoua, Niger, Regional Health Team Commits to High-Quality Primary Care Services Item 4-9
  • VOL. IV, April 1994
    Evaluation of the Vitamin A QA Program in Antique Province, Philippines Item 4-10
    Measles Initiative Strengthens Immunization Services in Niger through Improved Communications Item 4-11
    Assessment and Improvement of the Health Surveillance Assistants in Malawi Item 4-12
  • VOL V, July 1995
    Evolution of the National Program for Evaluation of Quality in Chile Item 4-13
    QA Methods Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Costs in Cholera/Acute Diarrhea in Local Health Districts in Ecuador Item 4-14
    Evolution of the Quality Assurance Project in Egypt Item 4-15
  • VOL VI, February 1996
    Improving the Quality of Care in the Control of Diarrheal Diseases in El Salvador Item 4-16
    Jordan: The Quality Assurance Practicum Item 4-17
    The Quality Assurance Experience in Zambia Item 4-18
    Improving the Quality of the Regional Health System in Tahoua, Niger: The Process of Developing a Standard Operating Procedures Manual Item 4-19
    Quality Assurance and Health Reform in Poland Item 4-20
    National Conference on Quality Assurance Methods and Results: Niger Item 4-21
  • VOL VII, May 1996
    Quality Improvement Teams Make Extraordinary Progress in Poland Item 4-22
    Improving Measles Immunization Coverage Rates Through the Use of Quality Improvement Techniques Item 4-23

Country Reports

  • Egypt Country Report Item 5-1
  • Niger Measles Initiative Phase II Final Report Item 5-2
  • Comparison of Methods for Assessing Quality of Health Worker Performance Related to Management of Ill Children:
  • Malawi Field Study Item 5-3
  • Comparative Validity of Three Methods for Assessment of the Quality of Primary Health Care: Guatemala Field Study Item 5-4
  • Internal Quality Assurance: Lessons Learned from the PKMI Hospital Program in Indonesia Item 5-5
  • Improving Quality of Care in Eight Polish Hospitals Item 5-6
  • Niger Country Report: Tahoua Project Item 5-7

Not included in the publications list is the Quality Assurance Kit (QAK), an interactive computer-based learning tool for quality assurance training. This CD-ROM-based application is to provide quality assurance methodologies and tools to health providers and support service staff that can be learned and used with no or minimal instructor assistance. The kit is now being pilot-tested for final changes that may be implemented. The Kit will hopefully be ready for use by the end of the year. Please keep an eye out for further information regarding its release.