|Title||Perceived Factors Associated with Sustained Improvement Following Participation in a Multicenter Quality Improvement Collaborative.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Stone S, Lee HC, Sharek PJ|
|Journal||Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf|
|Date Published||2016 Jul|
|Keywords||Breast Feeding, California, Communication, Cooperative Behavior, Enterocolitis, Necrotizing, Humans, Infant, Very Low Birth Weight, Inservice Training, Intensive Care Units, Neonatal, Interinstitutional Relations, Leadership, Organizational Culture, Patient Care Team, Perception, Quality Assurance, Health Care, Quality Improvement, Quality Indicators, Health Care, Workflow|
BACKGROUND: The California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative led the Breastmilk Nutrition Quality Improvement Collaborative from October 2009 to September 2010 to increase the percentage of very low birth weight infants receiving breast milk at discharge in 11 collaborative neonatal ICUs (NICUs). Observed increases in breast milk feeding and decreases in necrotizing enterocolitis persisted for 6 months after the collaborative ended. Eighteen to 24 months after the end of the collaborative, some sites maintained or further increased their gains, while others trended back toward baseline. A study was conducted to assess the qualitative factors that affect sustained improvement following participation.
METHODS: Collaborative leaders at each of the 11 NICUs that participated in the Breastmilk Nutrition Quality Improvement Collaborative were invited to participate in a site-specific one-hour phone interview. Interviews were recorded and transcribed and then analyzed using qualitative research analysis software to identify themes associated with sustained improvement.
RESULTS: Eight of 11 invited centers agreed to participate in the interviews. Thematic saturation was achieved by the sixth interview, so further interviews were not pursued. Factors contributing to sustainability included physician involvement within the multidisciplinary teams, continuous education, incorporation of interventions into the daily work flow, and integration of a data-driven feedback system.
CONCLUSION: Early consideration by site leaders of how to integrate best-practice interventions into the daily work flow, and ensuring physician commitment and ongoing education based in continuous data review, should enhance the likelihood of sustaining improvements. To maximize sustained success, future collaborative design should consider proactively identifying and supporting these factors at participating sites.
|Alternate Journal||Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf|
|Grant List||5 T32 HD0007249 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States |
K23HD068400 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States