Creating Quality, May 2020, devoted to sharing the quality improvement initiatives at several psychiatric facilities. Editor: Lucille Schacht, PhD, CPHQ
While there are numerous psychiatric facilities that are undertaking improvement initiatives and have completed improvement initiatives, there is little publication of that great work. Today we begin the process to improve the sharing of this vital learning that could save other psychiatric facilities countless hours identifying, designing, and testing “solutions” that have not proven to be successful and engage in promoting the best practices for both patient care and improved outcomes.
Creating Quality, May 2020, issue is devoted to sharing the quality improvement initiatives at several psychiatric facilities. The journal highlights the experiences of three facilities that had taken significant steps to improve care, the underlying documentation which is the evidence of that care, and the development of clinically useful tools to assist the clinical staff with staying on-track with best practices. NRI staff authored two articles on how to spread the word and one article on how to actively engage clinical staff in quality improvement. The journal concludes with a Call to Action to share the vital learning that comes from local quality initiatives that could benefit the wider psychiatric community in promoting the best practices for both patient care and improved outcomes.
Our goal is to continue to work with facilities to share their quality improvement stories so that the whole community benefits. The ultimate intention is to develop a quality improvement solutions’ catalog where quality improvement stories will be indexed to allow facilities to identify an issue and browse for possible solutions. Please write to TechSupport@nri-inc.org with your feedback. Please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a quality improvement story to share and would like to consider publication in a future issue of Creating Quality. We will share a copy of our survey tool to assist in your efforts and we will engage in active dialogue with you as you compile your story.
Creating Quality is a product of the Performance and Quality Improvement Division of NRI. The first issue, April 2019, focused on the electronic health record.