IMPROVING OUTCOMES

30% Improvement in Pre-Operative VTE Prophylaxis Leading to Fewer VTE Events

IMPROVING OUTCOMES

7-day Reduction in LOS for Bone Marrow Transplant Patients

CREATING THE SCIENCE

Use of Psychological Principles Drives Hand Hygiene

Journal of Nursing Quality 2013

DEVELOPING LEADERS

Graduates Receive 2016 Hospital Excellence in Quality & Safety Award

IMPROVING OUTCOMES

39% Reduction in Post-Liver Transplant Patients Requiring ICU Care

CREATING THE SCIENCE

Team, Patient-Centered Outcomes and Professional Development Drive Participation in QI Projects

Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice 2016

IHQSE Newsroom

The latest in quality and safety performance

Publications

  • IHQSE Faculty Member Highlights Prevalence of Diagnostic Error in New StudyOpens in a new window

    Jan 8, 2024
    Diagnostic error is common, morbid, and mortal. IHQSE faculty member, Dr. Katie Raffel, along with Dr. Andrew Auerbach and other experts on diagnostic error, recently published findings from a multicenter retrospective cohort study in which 2500 hospitalized adults who experienced ICU escalation or death were evaluated for diagnostic error. This study adds to a body of literature highlighting the importance of diagnostic safety within hospital medicine.
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  • Redesigning the First Prenatal Visit: A Quality Improvement InitiativeOpens in a new window

    Dec 6, 2023
    Faced with rising maternal mortality, the first prenatal visit is essential but, in many cases, important topics are missed. An IHQSE small grant supported the redesign of the first visit, dividing it into a nurse-led telemedicine visit and an in-person visit with an obstetric clinician. Clinic no-shows dropped (9.9%-4.2%), the topics covered in the first prenatal visit increased (70.0%-95.6%), and improvements were observed for all key themes.
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  • Journal of Hosp medicine

    Understanding and Reducing Harm from Diagnostic ErrorsOpens in a new window

    Oct 7, 2023
    Few hospitals have created surveillance programs for diagnostic errors. Fewer have programs to translate those opportunities into improvement efforts to prevent future harm. IHQSE faculty Drs. Katie Raffel and Jeff Glasheen are part of the ADEPT working group funded through an AHRQ grant to build such a program. In this paper the authors share the methodology for building the surveillance program, creating the benchmarking dashboards, understanding the areas of opportunity, and building interventions. The program is live in 16 US hospitals.
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  • Journal Of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

    Addressing Adolescent Suicidality in Pediatric Primary CareOpens in a new window

    Sep 26, 2023
    A recent study by IHQSE alumna Jessica Kenny, PhD found that 7% of adolescents endorsed suicidal ideation (SI) in the most recent two weeks during a primary care visit. Multiple interventions were associated with reductions in SI frequency at a follow-up visit, including PCP referral to integrated behavioral health and family navigators, behavioral health providers conducting a risk assessment, completing a safety plan, involving caregivers, sending the adolescent to the emergency department when indicated, and referring to family navigators. The findings from this study support screening for SI and highlight specific multidisciplinary and family-centered interventions and recommendations to address adolescent endorsement of SI in pediatric primary care settings.
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IHQSE in the News

  • Katie Raffel, MD

    3Q'S for QI | Q & A with Dr. Katie Raffel

    Feb 9, 2024
    Diagnostic error is common, morbid, and mortal. IHQSE faculty member, Dr. Katie Raffel, along with Dr. Andrew Auerbach and other experts on diagnostic error, recently published findings from a multicenter retrospective cohort study in which 2500 hospitalized adults who experienced ICU escalation or death were evaluated for diagnostic error. This study adds to a body of literature highlighting the importance of diagnostic safety within hospital medicine. We discussed the larger implications of this study with Dr. Katie Raffel in this edition of 3Q's for QI.
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  • 3Q's for QI | Q & A with Dr. Diane Christopher

    Jan 23, 2024
    Faced with rising maternal mortality, the first prenatal visit is essential but, in many cases, important topics are missed. An IHQSE small grant supported the redesign of the first visit, dividing it into a nurse-led telemedicine visit and an in-person visit with an obstetric clinician. Clinic no-shows dropped (9.9%-4.2%), the topics covered in the first prenatal visit increased (70.0%-95.6%), and improvements were observed for all key themes. We spoke with Dr. Diane Christopher about her recent publication, Redesigning the First Prenatal Visit: A Quality Improvement Initiative, and her team's work to improve care for expecting mothers.
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  • Katie Raffel, MD

    3 Qs for QI | Q&A with Dr. Katie Raffel

    Dec 8, 2023
    Few hospitals have created surveillance programs for diagnostic errors. Fewer have programs to translate those opportunities into improvement efforts to prevent future harm. The Achieving Diagnostic Excellence through Prevention and Teamwork (ADEPT) collaborative is a 16 site AHRQ funded project which is developing measurement frameworks for diagnostic safety, and then using these frameworks to aid with implementation of diagnostic excellence programs. We spoke with IHQSE Faculty Dr. Katie Raffel about ADEPT and its potential impact.
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