Quality improvement strategies

QualityTools

Surviving Sepsis Campaign 09/26/13

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign has developed a suite of tools to help hospitals reduce mortality due to sepsis and to guide efforts to improve sepsis-related performance. In addition, other organizations have developed tools in the course of their improvement efforts and are making them available on the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Web site for others to use or adapt. These tools include protocols, checklists, policies, and similar documents.

The resources are divided into the...

Maximizing Health Care for Colorado's Underserved 09/10/13

This operational handbook for safety-net medical homes describes the experience of Doctors Care, a community-funded, nonprofit organization that helps underserved children, adults, and families receive the medical attention they need. The handbook can help program managers maximize health care for the uninsured without overwhelming participating doctors, while also managing patient expectations.

It is organized into the following sections:

  • Doctors Care History:...
Laboratory Medicine Best Practices (LMBP™): Tutorials 09/10/13

This set of online tutorials can assist laboratory professionals with the effective design and implementation of quality improvement studies to support the body of evidence needed to justify best practices in laboratory medicine.

The following modules are available:

  • The A-6 Cycle: Review and Evaluation Methods for Quality Improvement
  • Application of Laboratory Medicine Best Practices (LMBP ™) Initiative A-6 Methods for Laboratory Practitioners

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Medicaid and CHIP Learning Collaboratives Toolbox 08/27/13

This Medicaid and CHIP Learning Collaboratives (known as the MAC Collaboratives) online toolbox, for use by collaboratives, partners, and stakeholders, provides practical tools and resources to address common challenges and pursue innovations in Medicaid program design and operations. The toolbox, updated regularly, helps guide states through policy options, model business practices, sample contract language, requests for information draft language, and relevant background resources.
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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution 08/26/13

This guide describes the knowledge and core competencies necessary for potential overdose responders trained as part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health opioid overdose prevention pilot program to respond to an opioid overdose event. Potential overdose responders are other opioid users, parents, relatives, and friends of opioid users; first responders such as police and fire departments; and staff of agencies that serve high-risk individuals. The guide provides information on...

Tools To Facilitate Diagnosis, Follow-Up, and Management of Postpartum Depression 08/12/13

This supplemental appendix for the Translating Research into Practice for Postpartum Depression (TRIPPD) effectiveness study provides a set of tools to facilitate diagnosis, follow-up, and management of postpartum depression.

The tools available in the supplemental appendix include the following:

  • Immediate action protocol
  • Nurses follow-up call form
  • Physician-to-nurse referral form
  • Medication chart
  • Sheet of medication side effects...
A Family Guide: Integrating Mental Health and Pediatric Primary Care 07/12/13

This guide for families provides practical information about integrated care and how this approach can improve the quality of care children receive in pediatric primary care settings. The guide defines integrated care, outlines the benefits of this approach to care delivery, and explains how the approach works in a medical home setting.

Topics covered include the following:

  • Integrated care: what is it?
  • At a glance: steps to integrated care
  • Why...
Clinical–Community Relationships Evaluation Roadmap 07/12/13

The Clinical–Community Relationships Evaluation Roadmap is intended to serve as a general guide and resource for future research and evaluation into the design and implementation of effective clinical–community resource relationships for the provision of selected clinical preventive services. The Roadmap may be of use to funders, researchers, and program evaluators interested in primary care and understanding effective clinical–community resource relationships. It presents...

Informed Medical Decisions Foundation: Tools for Providers 07/12/13

Shared decisionmaking is a collaborative process that allows patients and clinicians to make health care treatment decisions together. These tools, for health care providers, provide information on this process and on the use of patient decision aids. They describe how to evaluate evidence and work together with patients to make informed care choices. Sample language and questions are provided to assist providers in implementing shared decisionmaking.

The available resources...

Shared Decision Making Project 07/11/13

The Shared Decision Making (SDM) Project works with sites to demonstrate and evaluate the use of shared decisionmaking and patient decision aids. The project aims to explore the opportunities and challenges perceived and experienced by providers, patients, purchasers, and payers around the implementation of shared decisionmaking protocols in fee-for-service settings.

The tools and products developed under the SDM Project include the following:

  • SDM implementation...

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