• The journal for thoracic and cardiovascular surgery

    Perioperative Hypothermia in Robotic-Assisted Thoracic SurgeryOpens in a new window

    Jun 1, 2024
    Two IHQSE grantees, Drs. Christina Stuart and Robert Meguid, recently published findings of a retrospective cohort study evaluating the incidence and consequences of incidental perioperative hypothermia exposure in the thoracic surgery population. They found that more than 90% of patients undergoing robotic-assisted thoracic surgery lung resections experience some degree of inadvertent perioperative hypothermia and that patients that developed hypothermia had associated increased rates of 30-day morbidity and infectious complications. Based on these data, Drs. Stuart and Meguid were awarded an IHQSE Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety grant to study structured and interval-specific interventions aimed at decreasing rates of inadvertent perioperative hypothermia and subsequent complications. This interventional study concluded in June of 2024 and the results are being analyzed.
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    Demystifying Performance Measures for Hospitalists: HCAHPSOpens in a new window

    May 1, 2024
    The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey is used to compare performance on patient experience metrics across hospitals, but its impact on patient outcomes as well as its utility as an incentive metric for providers remains unclear. In this article for the Hospitalist, members of the Society of Hospital Medicine Performance Reporting and Measurement Committee, including IHQSE faculty member Anunta Virapongse, MD, MPH discuss the pros and cons of using HCAHPS as a metric for measuring performance in hospitalist programs.
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    IHQSE Faculty Members Address Connection Between Cognitive Load and Diagnostic ErrorsOpens in a new window

    May 1, 2024
    Diagnostic error may result in serious harm for more than 500,000 patients and contribute to an estimated 10% of all patient deaths. Understanding diagnostic accuracy is crucial for improving patient outcomes and ensuring effective healthcare delivery. IHQSE Faculty, Drs. Michelle Knees and Katie Raffel, along with colleagues from the University of Colorado Division of Hospital Medicine, recently published an AHRQ Issue Brief aimed at furthering efforts to enhance diagnostic accuracy. The brief reviews a substantial body of literature on the impact of cognitive load on diagnostic accuracy, identifies areas for future research, and provides recommendations for integrating existing knowledge into current practice.
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  • Applying an Equity Lens to Hospital-based Diagnostic ErrorOpens in a new window

    Apr 15, 2024
    IHQSE faculty member, Dr. Katie Raffel, along with Dr. Katie Brooks and the UPSIDE research team, recently published findings from a multicenter retrospective cohort study evaluating the association between use of stigmatizing language and diagnostic error. The prevalence of stigmatizing language was higher among patients with diagnostic errors than those without. Use of this language was associated with delays in care at presentation and errors in communication with patients and caregivers. This raises the question of whether stigmatizing language may be indicative of clinician biases that interfere with data gathering, communication, and clinical reasoning.
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  • 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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  • IHQSE Team Develops Intervention to Reduce Unnecessary PT ConsultsOpens in a new window

    Dec 1, 2023
    Physical therapy (PT) in inpatient settings is a limited and valuable resource. Inappropriate PT consultation is costly and can lead to delays in care and discharge planning. A team of IHQSE alumni, including faculty members, Dr. Emily Gottenborg and Dr. Moksha Patel, dug into the root causes of unnecessary PT consultations and deployed an intervention that reduced the rate of inappropriate PT consults to less than 10%.
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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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  • JAMA

    Gestating Healthy Policies for Young ParentsOpens in a new window

    Aug 3, 2023
    Recent IHQSE graduate Shannon Acker, MD, was an author on an article published by JAMA advocating for better support systems for trainees during pregnancy and early parenthood. In addition to new policies from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Dr. Acker and her colleague emphasize the importance of a cultural shift and a comprehensive network of support for your parents.
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