Quality in medicine in Poland and in the world – trends and perspectives 2020
The discipline of quality management plays an essential role in effective functioning of the healthcare organizations. First formal initiatives in this field were undertaken in Western Europe, Japan and the United States in the early 1970s, inspired by the quality control methods used in the manufacturing industry. Nowadays, hundreds of governmental agencies, non-profit, and community organizations around the world pursue research and implementation of various healthcare quality monitoring and improvement programs.
The first healthcare quality management initiatives undertaken in Poland in the early 1990s by the Polish Ministry of Health, resulted in the creation of the National Society for Quality Management in Healthcare in 1993, and in the establishment of the National Center for Healthcare Quality Monitoring in Krakow in 1994. The Center provides an essential administrative infrastructure for the training and accreditation purposes in the field of healthcare quality monitoring in Poland. Nevertheless, an ongoing training of healthcare professionals in various aspects of quality management is necessary. It can be effectively accomplished through the international collaboration encouraging the exchange of research results and ideas.
The goal of the annual conferences on Quality in Medicine held at the Scientific Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Paris, France, is to facilitate such collaboration among healthcare organizations and academic centers in Poland and France as well as other countries in Europe and beyond. After a productive and inspiring Roundtable Meeting on Quality Improvement in Medicine held at the PAN Paris Scientific Center in April 2018, the Second PAN Paris International Conference on Quality Improvement in Medicine held on the 15 and 16 of May 2019 focused on the role of international collaboration in improving quality of care.
The goal of the third, 2020, PAN Paris Conference on Quality in Medicine is to explore the role of interprofessional collaboration in improving quality of care. The invited speakers will represent medical schools, governmental, community, and academic organizations in Poland and France, as well as other countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.