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A multi-state, multi-site, multi-sector healthcare improvement model: Implementing evidence for practice


Edward, KL and Walker, K and Duff, J, A multi-state, multi-site, multi-sector healthcare improvement model: Implementing evidence for practice, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 29, (5) pp. 740-744. ISSN 1353-4505 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2017 The Authors

DOI: doi:10.1093/intqhc/mzx099


Quality problem or issue: Healthcare is complex and we know that evidence takes nearly 20 years to find its way into clinical practice.

Initial assessment: The slow process of translating research points to the need for effective translational research models to ensure patient care quality and safety are not compromised by such an epistemic failure.

Choice of solution: Our model to achieve reasonably rapid and enduring improvements to clinical care draws on that developed and promulgated by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in the United States of America model as well as that developed by the Johns Hopkins Quality and Safety Group known as the Translating Research into Practice implementation model.

Implementation: The core principle of our hybrid model was to engage those most likely to be affected by the changes being introduced through a series of face-to-face and web-enabled meetings that act both as drivers of information but also as a means of engaging all stakeholders across the healthcare system involved in the change towards their pre-established goals.

Evaluation: The model was piloted on the focused topic of the management of inadvertent perioperative hypothermia across nine hospitals within Australia (four sites in Victoria, three sites in New South Wales and two sites in Queensland). Improvement in management of hypothermia in these patients was achieved and sustained over time.

Lessons learned: Our model aims to engage the hearts and minds of healthcare clinicians, and others in order to empower them to make the necessary improvements to enhance patient care quality and safety.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:quality improvement, healthcare improvement, clinical practice, nursing, implementation research, collaborative
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health Care Administration
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Evaluation of Health Outcomes
UTAS Author:Walker, K (Professor Kim Walker)
UTAS Author:Duff, J (Dr Jed Duff)
ID Code:126142
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-05-24
Last Modified:2018-09-13

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