Table 1 Principles for coding and recoding items in the quality improvement (QI) maturity index
Stage of quality improvement maturity level
1 (Most mature)234 (Least mature)
External assessmentWritten reports of activitiesPoliciesNo
Internal auditsImplementation of quality and safety activities, ie:QI plans
Professionals formally approve policies
  • Periodic and systematic evaluation of data collected in laboratories

Strategies
Accountability
  • Regular calibration or maintenance equipment

Staff responsibility for QI activities
Feedback to staff and board
  • Internal budget for QI

Quality or safety teams or committees
Review and use of indicator data