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Organizational Trustworthiness in Health Care
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement partnered with the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation to identify key organizational-level drivers and change ideas that repair, build, and strengthen trust between health care organizations and clinicians, and between health care organizations and the communities they serve. This report describes a theory of how to repair, build, and strengthen trust, presented as a three-step approach with specific change ideas and associated measures for improvement.
Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Safety in the Home or Remote Setting for Adults
The primary aim of the IHI innovation project described in this report was to assess the use of predictive analytics, specifically machine learning, to improve patient safety through emerging and existing approaches to predict risk, such as technologies and decision support tools. Specific attention was given to how predictive analytics and machine learning can assist in monitoring patient deterioration in the home setting for adults ages 18 and older.
Effective Quality Planning
Quality planning is the essential first step of IHI's Whole System Quality approach to overall quality management. This article describes effective quality planning that engages multidisciplinary health care leaders in clearly defining the systemwide quality goals, sets priorities, responds to external evaluations of performance, ensures there are sufficient resources to meet the goals, and leverages existing data systems to identify aligned opportunities for improvement.
Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement: A Guide to Improving Your Patients' Care
This book is intended to help health professional learners diagnose, measure, analyze, change, and lead improvements in health care, with the aim to shape reliable, high-quality systems of care in partnership with patients.
Avoiding "Drift" into Harm
This article presents specific steps leaders can take to reinforce effective patient safety practices and address workarounds that may unintentionally result in harm.
Preventing Health Care Workforce Suicide
Based on available literature and consensus among leading suicide prevention experts, this article highlights three key areas of mental health that all health care leaders need to prioritize: reduce stigma, increase access to mental health services, and address job-related challenges.
Safer Dx Checklist: 10 High-Priority Practices for Diagnostic Excellence
Organizations can use this self-assessment tool with 10 recommended practices for diagnostic excellence to understand current diagnostic practices, identify areas to improve, and track progress toward diagnostic safety and excellence over time.
An Integrated Approach to Quality
This article describes how whole system quality, an integrated organization-wide approach to quality, can help health care leaders build more responsive and resilient health systems.
Telemedicine: Ensuring Safe, Equitable, Person-Centered Virtual Care
This white paper describes a framework to guide health care organizations in their efforts to provide safe, equitable, person-centered telemedicine. The framework includes six elements to consider: access, privacy, diagnostic accuracy, communication, psychological and emotional safety, and human factors and system design.
Making Healthcare Safe
Written by Lucian Leape, a pioneer of the patient safety movement, this book describes how patient safety became recognized as an important problem, the underlying science, and the efforts to implement changes.
Better Maternal Outcomes Quality Improvement Workbooks
Developed as part of the Better Maternal Outcomes Rapid Improvement Network, the workbooks contain descriptions, examples, and templates for tools that teams can use to guide their quality improvement (QI) work focused on improving maternal health outcomes and equity.
Tackling Systemic Racism in Maternity Care
A Brazilian health collaborative uses improvement science and the concept of “liberatory consciousness” to address racism in maternity care.
Whole System Quality
This white paper describes a more holistic approach to quality management that integrates quality planning, quality control, and quality improvement activities across the organization, supported by leadership practices that foster a culture of learning.
Prioritizing People and Rapid Learning in Times of Crisis: A Virtual Learning Initiative to Support Health Workers During the COVID‐19 Pandemic
This article reports on an initiative set up within Africa's Western Cape provincial Department of Health early in the COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate collective learning and support for health workers and managers across the health system. Strategies and three transformational actions that protect staff are shared.
How to Safely Restart Elective Surgeries After a COVID Spike
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected surgical schedules and staff: some staff are fatigued and stressed, some may be out of practice, and there are large backlogs of procedures that were postponed. To keep surgical staff and patients safe during these difficult times, this article recommends that health systems should take four steps
A Guide to Promoting Health Care Workforce Well-Being During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
This guide provides ideas and lessons learned to improve the well-being of the health care workforce and includes actions that individuals, leaders, and organizations can take to combat health care workforce burnout, fatigue, and emotional distress during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Workforce Safety Key to Patient Safety
Health care leaders increasingly recognize that patient safety is not possible without a workforce that is physically and psychologically safe, joyful, and thriving. This article describes three actionable recommendations to improve workforce safety.
100 Million Healthier Lives: Using Improvement Science to Accelerate Community Transformation
This collection of resources, developed as part of the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative (100MLives), provides practical guidance on how to use improvement methods and tools in community-based settings to advance health, well-being, and equity.
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.