Table 3 The content of national quality improvement (QI) policy documents (n =  45 respondents who reported having access to a quality improvement policy document)
Topics in a policy document on quality improvementTopic is included% (n)Topic is not included% (n)Don’t know% (n)
Systems for monitoring and measuring progress of QI82 (37)13 (6)4 (2)
Definition of terms, eg, what is meant by QI78 (35)18 (8)4 (2)
Setting national targets for QI73 (33)27 (12)0
Systems for asking patients and the public for their views on quality in healthcare73 (33)24 (11)2 (1)
Setting national standards for quality71 (32)27 (12)2 (1)
Systems for dealing with adverse events, problems and complaints from patients62 (28)36 (16)2 (1)
Systems for professional regulation and monitoring professional performance56 (25)42 (19)2 (1)
Setting standards for professional education or training53 (24)38 (17)9 (4)
Provision of training or support for healthcare organisations on QI44 (20)56 (25)0
Provision of resources for QI40 (18)56 (25)4 (2)
  • QI, quality improvement.