This Week at IHI
A Quality Improvement Initiative to Reduce High Rates of C-SectionsA new study in Obstetrics & Gynecology shares the results of an initiative to increase the frequency of vaginal delivery in Brazilian hospitals in response to high rates of cesarean sections. 28 hospitals participated in a 20-month IHI Breakthrough Series Collaborative, testing and refining strategies that can inform other efforts to decrease unnecessary c-sections around the globe.
Root Cause Analysis Won’t Work if People Fear ItRichard Guthrie, Chief Quality Officer at Ochsner Health System, knows what it feels like to participate in a root cause analysis (RCA). Many health care systems use RCA to learn how and why errors occur. Guthrie writes that without an empathetic approach, welcoming error as a tool for improvement, the process may do more harm than good.
Tools and Resources to Coordinate Your Population Health EffortIt’s challenging to coordinate work to improve health, well-being, and health equity. New tools and resources from Pathways to Population Health (P2PH), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, can help. Recent additions include a Getting Started Guide, case studies from organizations that have used the P2PH Framework, and information about an Action Community program that launches in April.
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Breakthrough Series CollegeMarch 31–April 2 | Boston, MA, USA April 20–22 | London, England This powerful three-day program is designed to help you adapt proven methods to spread outstanding improvements across your organization, using the BTS Collaborative methodology.
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• Video: The key to staffing for optimal hospital flowAn emergency medicine physician shares why leaders, nurses, and physicians need to work together to improve hospital flow.
• Which way is north? Setting your compass for population healthTo learn how to create a comprehensive population health strategy that unfolds over time, join the February 13 WIHI broadcast, featuring Betsey Rhynhart and IHI’s Trissa Torres.
• Presuming innocence: Bryan Stevenson on justice and health careBryan Stevenson is founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, an attorney, and author of the best-selling book Just Mercy. He describes the connections between improving health care and fighting injustice, including the need for compassion and the risk of burnout.
• Eliminating medication overloadThe Lown Institute has released a national action plan with recommendations on how to protect older adults in the US from medication harm.
• Stories of improving behavioral health care in the ED and upstreamHow can emergency departments better support patients in crisis because of behavioral health conditions? A new IHI White Paper shares early results and improvement stories from seven health systems, who worked on implementing changes in their emergency departments over 18 months.
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