Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 47, Issue 7, pp 793–797 | Cite as

Avoiding failure: tools for successful and sustainable quality-improvement projects

  • Lane F. Donnelly
Minisymposium: Quality and clinical practice management


Involvement in successful and sustained quality improvement can be a very rewarding experience. However, it can be very difficult work. Up to 70% of attempted organizational change is not sustained. There are many reasons why quality-improvement projects might not be successful. In this article, the author reviews items associated with an increased or decreased likelihood of success. Such items have been categorized as structural issues, human issues and environmental context. This paper is intended to serve those embarking on quality-improvement projects as a resource to help position them for success.


Organizational change Quality improvement Pediatric radiology Problem-solving 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyTexas Children’s HospitalHoustonUSA

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