International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences
In the 21st Century, health care systems across the world are focusing policy efforts on improving the quality of healthcare delivered to their population. In contrast, healthcare quality improvement in earlier time periods arose from a series of seemingly unrelated incidents and developments. In this paper, we sequentially review key international historical events that improved health care quality during the years 1860–1960, including innovation in health care financing, care delivery and workforce diversity. The modern nursing workforce of today continues to encounter many of these same challenges across the globe.
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Sheingold, B. & Hahn, J. (2014) The History of Healthcare Quality: The First 100 Years 1860-1960. International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences. 1(1), 18-22.