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Journal Article

Clinical communities at Johns Hopkins Medicine: an emerging approach to quality improvement.

Gould LJ, Wachter PA, Aboumatar H, et al. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety. 2015;41:387-95.

Forming clinical communities that commit to shared goals can augment quality improvement efforts. This commentary describes the development of 14 clinical communities as a way to support institutional quality improvement goals in a large health care system. The authors report the benefits of the program, which enhanced access to expertise and collective knowledge. The article highlights the use of a unit-level engagement model and physician champions as key elements for the success of clinical communities.