We didn’t expect these results in our survey of Open School learners
| Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Open School recently did an informal survey of our
learners, to help us plan new educational content this year. Overall, we had
participation from 129 learners — a mix of health care students, professionals,
We wanted to share some of the results with you, the Open
School community. We’ll start with our question about which topics are
increasingly important for health care professionals to study. We set this up
as a ranking question, so that survey-takers couldn’t tell us that all the
topics were very important (which we know they are!).
The results surprised us.
Patient safety came in first. Person- and family-centered
care was runner up. Quality improvement came in third.
Here is a graph of the results:
In our internal quality improvement work, we make
predictions before we run tests to see what we learn. In this case, our best
guess was that quality improvement would be ranked first. That’s what we’re
known for, after all. “Improvement” is in our name. And it represents the
methods and tools we use to make care safer, lower-cost, and more
patient-centered, for example. So we’d like to know from you — why do you think
we got these results? If you took the survey, why did you give the answer you
did? Please leave your thoughts in the comments. And look out for more results
from our survey in future blog posts.