Building a Clinical Quality Improvement Program
Purpose of review This analysis describes the development of a robust quality improvement infrastructure at a large academic children’s hospital and explores the foundational components of the program, as well as the implementation of a combined top-down and bottom-up approach to quality improvement.
Recent findings Quality improvement efforts have been proven to enhance quality and patient safety in the pediatric hospital setting. Successful improvement efforts require a commitment to quality improvement, a strong combination of clinical leadership and expertise, trained improvement staff, a developed and flexible data infrastructure, and an institutional improvement framework. A robust data infrastructure and the role of the QI team composed of clinical leads, data analysts, and improvement advisors are also explored.
Summary Combining a pragmatic framework with the appropriate staff and data infrastructure can result in a powerful clinical quality improvement program.
KeywordsQuality improvement Process improvement Improvement advisor Data analyst
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Rachel English declares that she has no conflict of interest.
Vaidehi Mehta declares that she has no conflict of interest.
Maura Powell declares that she has no conflict of interest.
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Aileen Schast declares that she has no conflict of interest.
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