sábado, 14 de diciembre de 2013

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Supplement: Quality Improvement in Children's Health Care

The first part of a new AHRQ-funded supplement to Academic Pediatrics features research and lessons learned on quality improvement efforts in children’s health care. The supplement, which was published as open access online on November 19 and co-edited by Denise Dougherty, Ph.D., of AHRQ, includes a report that evaluated early experiences of participants in quality improvement collaboratives in the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Grant Program in nine states. 
According to the report, collaborative participants valued various aspects of support in developing patient-centered medical home (PCMH) capacity and improving quality improvement performance, but the volume of change-inducing initiatives and information was often overwhelming. This study was coauthored by Cindy Brach of AHRQ along with Kelly J. Devers and Leslie Foster, both of whom are members of the grant program’s national evaluation team.
In addition, Denise Dougherty co-authored an overview that highlights the approaches to conducting research to evaluate the context-sensitive effectiveness of quality improvement interventions described in detail in four articles featured in the supplement.  The methods articles stem from presentations at the Academic Pediatric Association annual quality improvement research methods conferences also supported by AHRQ (available at the APA website: http://www.academicpeds.org)
To access more information on AHRQ’s role in CHIPRA, go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/policymakers/chipra/index.html
For more on the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant projects and national evaluation, go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/policymakers/chipra/index.html#Evaluation
A second supplement on education in quality improvement is expected to be published early next year in Academic Pediatrics.  Go to:  http://www.academicpedsjnl.net/supplements 

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"We have learned over time how critical a diverse workforce is to providing excellent care to children and their families. It not only affects patient satisfaction, but relates directly to the quality and safety of care and subsequently to health outcomes."

-John D. Cowden
Culture, Ethnicity and Healthcare SIG Co-Chair

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