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WIHI: Let's Get to Work on Waste in Health Care
October 3, 2019 | One third of annual helath care spending is atrributable to waste. What is the root cause of non-value-added waste, and how can health systems reduce it?
Improving Health Equity: Guidance for Health Care Organizations
The eight teams participating in the Pursuing Equity initiative share their lessons, tactics, and practical tips for improving equity in their health system so that others may learn from their experiences.
WIHI: No Let Up on Safety
September 19, 2019 | It's been 20 years since the Institue of Medicine's groundbreaking report on patient safety first shook the American health care system. So, what has improved, and what still needs work?
Aim Statement Worksheet
An effective aim statement is fundamental for every quality improvement project. Use this worksheet to help you write a clear, specific aim statement and complete the checklist to double-check your work.
Are You Using Data the Right Way?
Health care leaders rely on data to guide decisions, yet when data is misinterpreted it impacts the quality of those decisions. This article discusses using data the right way to inform decisions, including control charts to display and interpret data over time.
WIHI: Black Women and Maternal Care: Redesigning for Safety, Dignity, and Respect
August 8, 2019 | With a significant rise in maternal deaths in the United States, how can providers partner with community groups to design respectul, dignified pregnancy experiences?
Four Steps for Developing Reliable Processes
Creating and sustaining reliable processes to ensure health care quality and patient safety requires thoughtful planning and execution. This checklist of four steps will help ensure your systems are designed with reliability in mind.
WIHI: Aim High for Equity in the Health Care Workforce
July 18, 2019 | How can health systems take action to improve workforce equity?
Using a Multicountry Learning Network to Harvest and Rapidly Spread Implementation Knowledge to Reduce Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
This article describes the value of creating a quality improvement–driven, multicountry learning network to accelerate the pace of improving care systems in Africa to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Applying Quality Improvement Approaches to Reduce Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission and Improve Health and Nutrition Care in Five Countries
This article describes the application of quality improvement (QI) methods, as part of the Partnership for HIV-Free Survival, to support governments and facility staff in five African countries in reducing maternal-to-child transmission of HIV.
A Six-Country Collaborative Quality Improvement Initiative to Improve Nutrition and Decrease Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
This article is the first report of the effectiveness of using quality improvement in a large-scale multicountry effort in Africa to improve infant survifal by reducing postnatal maternal-to-child transmission of HIV in breast feeding HIV-positive mothers.
Advancing Equity in Health Systems by Addressing Racial Justice
This article describes lessons from IHI’s work with health systems in three settings (the United States, Brazil, and Ethiopia) to advance racial equity.
WIHI: Assessing the Value of Age-Friendly Health Care
June 13, 2019 | Are there financial benefits to being an Age-Friendly Health System? Learn about the potential to unlock cost savings and generate new revenue, all while providing safer, more appropriate care for older adults.
WIHI: Taking Acute Pain Seriously, Treating It Safely
May 30, 2019 | Health care needs to create safer processes for acute pain management. But what roles should patients play in this? A new IHI report provides reccomendations to sharpen acute pain management strategies in your health system.
How One Health System Overcame Resistance to a Surgical Checklist
This article describes three mindshifts for overcoming resistance to change and provides an example of one health system that used this approach to overcome resistance to employing a surgical safety checklist.
How to Talk to Your Patients about End-of-Life Care: A Conversation Ready Toolkit for Clinicians
This toolkit is intended to help clinicians address some of the challenges of engaging with patients and families in end-of-life care conversations over time, with the goal of providing respectful end-of-life care that is concordant with patients’ stated goals, values, and preferences.
Patient Safety Essentials Toolkit
Download these nine essential tools to guide your organization in improving patient safety and delivering safe, reliable care. Tools include FMEA, SBAR, root cause analysis, daily huddles, and more.
Is Your Board Effectively Overseeing Quality?
This article gives an overview of IHI's Framework for Effective Board Governance of Health System Quality and recommends three guiding principles to build improvement knowledge and capacity among board members.
WIHI: What's an Apology Worth? The Case for Communication and Resolution
April 18, 2019 | When a patient is unintentionally harmed, how should organizations respond?
WIHI: How to Make Patient Safety Easier to Explain and to Champion
March 21, 2019 | Why is it so hard to explain patient safety outside of health care?
The Answer to Culture Change: Everyday Management Tactics
This article describes the High-Performance Management System, a model developed by IHI to drive sustained value improvement via culture change.
Selected Resources: Improving Opioid and Pain Management
This document offers selected resources for clinicians and health care administrators to take action on opioid and pain management and opioid use disorder (OUD), organized into three categories: Patient Assessment, Intervention, and Treatment; Provider Training and Support; and Strategy and Planning.
WIHI: How to Speak So Leaders Will Listen
February 21, 2019 | How much thought and preparation go into how you pitch new ideas and initiatives to leaders in your organization? If you've been frustrated by lack of support or buy-in from a leader, it's possible that you did not win that person over at the start.
WIHI: New Guidance for Governance of Health System Quality – What Trustees Should Know and Do
January 17, 2019 | Is there a better way for boards to fulfill their mandate of ensuring health systems live up to theirs on quality?
Advancing the Safety of Acute Pain Management
This report specifically and uniquely addresses acute pain management as a patient safety issue, including the overuse of opioids for acute pain. It provides health care safety leaders in hospitals, emergency departments (EDs), urgent care clinics, outpatient surgery facilities, and other acute care settings with specific action steps to improve the safety of acute pain management in their organizations.