Quality improvement strategies

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Chartbook on Rural Health Care 12/07/15

The Rural Health Care chartbook is part of a series of tools and documents that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). This chartbook includes a summary of the trends across measures of rural health care from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures of rural health care.  

The chartbook includes the following sections: 

  • Rural health care
    • Organization of the chartbook on rural...
2014 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Report 11/13/15

Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report and the National Healthcare Disparities Report. Beginning with the 2014 reports, findings on health care quality and health care disparities are integrated into a single document that provides a comprehensive overview of the quality of health care received by the general U.S. population and disparities in care experienced by different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic...

2014 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Report Chartbooks 11/13/15

These chartbooks support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report and the National Healthcare Disparities Report. Beginning with the 2014 reports, findings on health care quality and health care disparities are integrated into a single document that provides a comprehensive overview of the quality of health care received by the general U.S. population...

Resources for Primary Care Research and Evaluation 05/11/15

This set of searchable databases can help researchers and evaluators efficiently identify and select the most appropriate instruments and measures in four key areas of primary care services: care coordination, clinical–community relationships, team-based care, and behavioral health integration. The databases include conceptual frameworks for measurement in each area, profiles of existing instruments that include information about validation and use, and other information designed both to...

Patient Engagement in Redesigning Care Toolkit 02/12/15

This toolkit is designed for hospital and clinical directors, managers, clinicians, and researchers to assist in engaging patients as partners in quality improvement activities. It contains two tools that can be customized by organizations to match their goals, processes, and patient engagement strategies:

  • Patient Partners Welcome Packet: This packet is designed for patients who will be participating in quality improvement activities at a health care organization...
Family-Centered Rounds Toolkit 02/12/15

The Family-Centered Rounds Toolkit is designed to encourage, assist, and improve family engagement during family-centered rounds (FCR). Family-centered rounds encourage patient and family learning and involvement in health care decisionmaking. The toolkit includes an FCR checklist, associated curriculums for clinicians and staff, and forms for monitoring and troubleshooting implementation and maintenance of the checklist to support best practices for FCR.

Free registration is required...

Toolkit on Patient Partner Engagement in Research 02/12/15

The Toolkit on Patient Partner Engagement in Research (TOPPER) is a comprehensive set of orientation materials that were created for the patient partners—patients, family members, and caregivers—who advise researchers throughout a research project. Although these materials were originally developed for patient partners of youth and teens with type 1 diabetes, they can be adapted for a variety of types of patient partners.

The toolkit includes the following resources:

  • A...
Pneumonia Vaccination Toolkit for Senior Housing Settings 01/08/15

This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help health care professionals reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable pneumonia and related morbidity and mortality in senior housing settings. The goal of this quality improvement project is to increase awareness and rates of pneumococcal vaccination among residents and staff in these settings.

The toolkit includes the following resources:

  • Algorithm and instructions for toolkit implementation
  • Sample data...
Tips for Group Leaders and Facilitators on Involving Patients and Families on Committees and Task Forces 12/10/14

This tip sheet is a tool to help foster collaboration between administrators of health care organizations and patient and family advisors. It provides recommendations for group leaders and facilitators on each stage of getting patients and families involved in committees and task forces.

The tip sheet is divided into the following sections:

  • Selecting patients and families to serve as advisors
  • Preparation for meetings
  • During meetings
  • Anticipate...
Recommendations and Promising Practices for Designing a Patient and Family-Centered Health Care System 12/10/14

This report provides guidance to key constituents in health care—patients and families, providers, administrators, educators, researchers, advocates, and funders—for advancing patient- and family-centered care, and specifically for creating partnerships with patients and families in quality improvement and health care redesign. Many of the report’s recommendations are illustrated by examples drawn from health facilities and other organizations that are making exemplary progress in partnering...

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