Center for Bioethics

Quality Improvement vs. Research

Quality improvement is not research since the goal is mainly to improve performance at specific institutions. In contrast, the focus of research is to contribute to general knowledge. Since quality improvement does not require IRB approval, and involves a different set of ethical issues than research, the blurry line between the two becomes ethically essential.

In this talk, Mary Ott, MD, MA, professor of pediatrics and adjunct professor of philosophy & bioethics in the division of adolescent medicine, presents “When is QI just QI? Ethical Overlap and Distinctions between QI & Research.”

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