BMJ Quality Improvement Reports: a unique repository worth checking out

Scholarly literature is not always a good fit for sharing the results of quality improvement (QI) projects. For example, QI methods – while useful and valid in their own way – may not meet the methodological requirements for scholarly publication. In addition the publishing process can take a long time, delaying the spread of information.

Since 2012 BMJ Publishing has published BMJ Quality Improvement Reports, a searchable repository of QI reports on a variety of topics that undergo a “light touch” peer review process¹. The most recent reports include:

If you are curious about QI projects that have been completed at other hospitals around the world, try out BMJ Quality Improvement Reports!



¹All reports are available online at no cost, but publication is limited to subscribers of BMJ’s product “BMJ Quality”.

Our New Website has arrived!

We’ve updated our intranet website based on web usability principles.  After studying how people typically approach and interpret web pages we realized that we needed to radically redesign our layout, terminology; and provide more of a context for our resources.  Our goal was to organize our resources based on how they are used by our clients.

It required a big shift in perspective to get outside of our own education and experience to provide an interface useful to people who don’t spend their days thinking about the structure of information.  This difficulty isn’t unique to librarians as evidenced by the emergence of interprofessional education programs in which physicians, nurses, dieticians and other professionals strive to find new ways of working together.

Working with the St. Mike’s Communications department, we researched how most people scan pages & make decisions about relevance. We also examined how terminology affects whether a link is clicked or avoided.  We also researched how other libraries approached these issues and adapted some of the best practices to the design of our site.

So now what? Now that the site is live we test it.  Usability is not static.  We’d like to hear what you do and do not like about the new website.  We will be designing a feedback survey with questions about specific features and having more formal evaluations looking toward the next round of development.

In the meantime contact us at to let us now how you like the new site.

Further reading:

  1. Jacob Nielsen’s Website
  2. “Library Terms that Users Understand” John Kupersmith
    eScholarship, University of California, 2012