Qual Saf Health Care 14:230 doi:10.1136/qshc.2005.015305
  • Editorial
  • Heroes and Martyrs series

The Heroes and Martyrs series: job descriptions for health care quality improvement professionals?

  1. D Neuhauser
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor D Neuhauser
 Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106-4945, USA;

    A review of the Heroes and Martyrs series so far

    This issue brings the 14th in the “Heroes and Martyrs of Quality and Safety” series. More are to come. With a new editor of this journal on board, it is a good moment to define the content of the series. It is about people—present and past—who have found an opportunity to improve health, their efforts to carry out the needed improvements and to measure the results. These people are patient centred, careful with their evaluations, and committed to making changes. Not all of them succeed and some suffer the consequences, thereby becoming martyrs and our heroes. Each story …