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There Can Be No Quality Without Equity
Quality improvement tools and methods are well suited to an effort to improve equity in health and care. The missing ingredients over the past decades have been strategic intent and a sharply focused equity lens. The IHI Framework for Improving Health Equity can serve as a foundation for change in health care.
Telemedicine: Center Quality and Safety
This article offers four elements on which health care leaders must focus to ensure safe, high-quality telemedicine for patients.
Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: Psychological Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
August 7, 2020 | Psychological PPE, "personal protective equipment" to promote health care workforce mental health and well-being, has become even more essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Psychological PPE”: Promote Health Care Workforce Mental Health and Well-Being
The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing issues with health care professional burnout and joy in work. Evidence-based recommendations for “psychological PPE” (protection and support for staff mental health and well-being) are intended for use by staff providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19: Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Skills to Deploy During the Surge
The authors suggest a five-step strategy and actions for patient safety and quality improvement staff to employ their skills to support patients, clinical staff, and health care organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Enhancing Collaborative Learning for Quality Improvement: Evidence from the Improving Clinical Flow Project, a Breakthrough Series Collaborative with Project ECHO
A novel combination of IHI Breakthrough Series Collaborative tools with Project ECHO's telementoring model contributed to building quality improvement (QI) capacity and improving processes and patient experience across FQHCs participating in the Improving Clinical Flow project.
Understanding Variation in Reported COVID-19 Deaths with a Novel Shewhart Chart Application
A novel Shewhart chart helped health care leaders and frontline teams understand if day-to-day variation in COVID-19 deaths may be attributed to meaningful signals of change.
Implementing Daily Management Systems to Support Sustained Quality Improvement in Ambulatory Surgery Centers
IHI's high-performance management system (HPMS) was piloted in several ambulatory surgery centers to understand the applicability of quality control using related practices (e.g., standardized daily huddles, visual management boards), and to understand the approach's impact on sustaining improvement in patient care.
Adopting a Systems Approach to the Opioid Crisis
Rather than a myopic focus on opioid prescription reduction, this article describes five strategies health care leaders can employ to implement a systems approach to timely and effective treatment of opioid use disorder, in tandem with pain assessment and management.
Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: Mobilizing to Respond to COVID-19
March 27, 2020 | Don Berwick and Derek Feeley share key coronavirus (COVID-19) learnings, innovations, and revelations they’ve been gathering and gleaning from health care leaders and improvers across the globe.
Zero Harm in Health Care
This article describes a comprehensive systems-focused approach to patient safety to achieve the goal of zero harm for patients, families, and the health care workforce. The approach includes four interdependent elements: the psychology of change, a culture of safety, an optimal learning system, and codesigning care and improvement with patients.
Quality Improvement Team Member Matrix Worksheet
Effective quality improvement (QI) teams are multidisciplinary and include different areas of expertise. Use this worksheet to help you form a QI team that represents a range of perspectives and expertise.
QI Team Member Work Styles Inventory Worksheet
Quality improvement (QI) team members can use this worksheet to identify their preferred work styles.
Quality Improvement Project Measures Worksheet
Use this worksheet to identify the process, outcome, and balancing measures for your quality improvement project.
Quality Improvement Project Change Concepts Worksheet
A change concept is a general notion or approach to change that has been found to be useful in developing specific ideas for improvement. Use this worksheet to choose and explore relevant change concepts for a quality improvement project.
Advancing Safety and Equity Together
There are widespread inequities in health outcomes in the United States based on race, sex, language, and other factors. But there is no such thing as high-quality, safe care that is inequitable. Health systems can leverage patient-safety programs to advance equity.
Sustainability Planning Worksheet
Teams may use this worksheet to help plan for the long-term sustainability of an improvement effort.
The Role of Racism as a Core Patient Safety Issue
Maternal mortality rates in the US are rising, particularly among black women. This article describes three things health care leaders can do to understand the contributing causes of mortality, including racism, and factors to reduce inequities and improve safety in maternal health.
Ethiopia Health Care Quality Initiative: Design and Initial Lessons Learned
The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health and IHI co-designed a three-pronged approach to accelerate health system improvement nationally, which included developing a national health care quality strategy, building quality improvement (QI) capability at all health system levels, and introducing scalable QI collaboratives across four regions.
Factors Influencing a Hospital-wide Intervention to Promote Professionalism and Build a Safety Culture
A three-year qualitative study at an Australia hospital identifies valuable insights into factors influencing implementation of a multifaceted behavior change intervention to promote professionalism and build a culture of safety. The multiple interrelated factors impacting the hospital-wide intervention are discussed and analyzed.
Effective Strategies for Hospitals Responding to the Opioid Crisis
This document provides hospital and health system administrators and leaders with specific improvement ideas for five system-level strategies that address the challenges of preventing, identifying, and treating opioid use disorder.
WIHI: No Let Up on Safety
September 19, 2019 | Twenty years since the Institute of Medicine's groundbreaking report on patient safety in the American health care system, 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.
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.