For this discussion, you will review your chosen quality improvement initiative for the course project. Even though you will not be implementing the initiative, consider how you would measure the effectiveness of it and the process and outcomes you would utilize to do that.
By applying the concepts of process and outcome metrics, this discussion will help you complete the course project in which you need to explain how the metrics drive an opportunity for improvement.
address the following:
- Categorize one metric as a process metric related to your course project.
- Categorize another metric as an outcome metric that is associated with your categorized process metric.
- Justify your metric categorization.
- Discuss how the process metric can help you gauge progress toward the outcome metric.
Healthcare Improvement Initiative
Southern New Hampshire University
February 6, 2022
Selection of Area of Improvement
St. Jude Children’s Research hospital’s area of improvement is the cancer services required for children with cancer. There needs to be efficacy in applying the services through information technology to reduce human errors. The public-facing data that will be utilized will include the Public Access Data Tables, which will show the information collected and analyzed from participants in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS).
Selection of Method of Improvement
The method adopted for improving cancer care is implementing and improving electronic order entry with a system to activate order sets (Dobrozsi et al., 2019). The plan would help notify the health providers in St. Jude of fever or related complications before the patient arrives on the hospital premises.
Selection of Framework to Use in Improvement Initiative
Program-wide interventions through process maps will be the utilized method of improvement for cancer care in children. There will be an initiation of a PDSA process in each affiliate program (Coury et al., 2017). Specifically, it will improve timely antibiotic administration for children with febrile neutropenia. Besides, it will also help cancer patients with sepsis.
Discuss your Selections
I selected the area of improvement because diagnosing cancer in a child or young adult is an emotionally overwhelming experience (Morgan et al., 2019). Therefore, the kind of care offered at St. Jude hospital must improve the child’s condition without risking health. The selected method of improvement will help the health practitioners determine the patients with additional complications such as Sepsis and those who require prompt administration of antibiotics. The chosen framework will enable the hospital to use rapid small-step change cycles to implement the intervention.
The report sections to be included in my course project to describe my healthcare quality improvement initiative will consist of the background information where I will identify background on the services offered at St. Jude, the state of cancer patient care, the implemented technologies, and other relevant information. The scope of the study section will describe the purpose and objective of the report. The literature review will provide research information on the issue. The methodology section will describe the application of the intervention. The conclusions and recommendations section will be the last segment of the report.
Coury, J., Schneider, J., Rivelli, J., Petrik, A., Seibel, E., & D’Agostini, B. et al. (2017). Applying the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) approach to a sizeable pragmatic study involving safety net clinics. BMC Health Services Research, 17(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-017-2364-3
Dobrozsi, S., Tomlinson, K., Chan, S., Belongia, M., Herda, C., & Maloney, K. et al. (2019). Education Milestones for Newly Diagnosed Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancer Patients: A Quality Improvement Initiative. Journal Of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 36(2), 103-118. https://doi.org/10.1177/1043454218820906
Morgan, J., Deyo, J., Cox, J., Fasipe, F., Mohamed, A., & Russo, C. (2019). Quality Improvement Interventions across a Network of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinics. Pediatric Quality & Safety, 4(2), e149. https://doi.org/10.1097/pq9.0000000000000149