Quality Improvement

Food and Nutrition Practitioners are increasingly engaging in quality improvement throughout their practice settings. Many are implementing quality measures in their facilities and/or conducting quality improvement and performance measurement activities. The below Academy definitions and resources provide insight into QI for all practice segments of food, nutrition and dietetics including; health care, education and research, business and industry, and community nutrition and public health.

Quality Improvement consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in services and/or the status of targeted individuals or groups.

Performance Improvement is the systematic process of detecting and analyzing performance problems, designing and developing interventions to address the problems, implementing the interventions, evaluating the results, and sustaining improvement.