Guiding Questions

Data Analysis and Quality Improvement Initiative Proposal

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Analyze data to identify a health care issue or an area of concern.

  • What data does your institution gather? (Or, what data were provided in the media piece?)
  • What is the quality of the data, and what can be learned from it? What does it tell you? What is missing?
  • What is an organized way of looking at different data outputs?
  • What metrics indicate opportunities for quality improvement?
  • What are the trends? (Existence of data does not necessarily equate to a trend.)
  • What are the outcome measures? What information do you need to calculate specific rates?
  • Assess the stability of processes or outcomes. Are the outcomes fairly predictable? Identify any problematic variations or performance failures.
  • Include the selected data set that was analyzed in the proposal. This could be a table or chart.

Outline a quality improvement initiative proposal based on a selected health issue or area of concern and supporting data analysis.

  • What benchmarks align to existing quality improvement initiatives set by local, state, or federal health care policies or laws?
  • What quality initiatives currently exist (if any) related to the selected issue? Why are they insufficient?
  • Identify target areas for improvement.
  • Define what processes can be modified to improve outcomes. You may find it helpful to review models for quality improvement initiatives in Week 4.
  • Identify evidence-based strategies to improve quality.
  • Evaluate quality improvement initiatives on the selected health issue with existing quality indicators from other facilities, government agencies, and non-governmental bodies on quality improvement.
  • Analyze challenges that meeting prescribed benchmarks can pose for a heath care organization and the interprofessional team.

Integrate interprofessional perspectives to lead quality improvements in patient safety, cost effectiveness, and work-life quality.

  • Define interprofessional roles and responsibilities as they relate to the data and the quality improvement initiative.
  • How would you make sure that all relevant roles are fully engaged in this effort?
  • What non-nursing concepts would you incorporate into the initiative?
  • How would outcomes to measure the effect of the intervention affect the interprofessional team?
  • Briefly reflect on the impact of the proposed initiative on work-life quality of the nursing staff and interprofessional team. How is work-life quality improved or enriched by the initiative?

Apply effective communication strategies to promote quality improvement of interprofessional care.

  • What kind of interprofessional communication strategies will be effective to promote and ensure the success of this performance improvement plan or quality improvement initiative?
  • What types of communications would you recommend in addition to writing?
  • Are there any communication models (CUS, SBAR) you would include in your initiative proposal?

Deliver a persuasive, coherent, and effective audiovisual presentation. Integrate relevant sources to support arguments, correctly formatting citations and references using current APA style.

  • Is your analysis logically structured?
  • Is your analysis 7–10 PowerPoint slides, with speaker notes (not including title slide and attached reference list)?
  • Is your writing clear and free from errors?
  • Did you use a minimum of five sources? Were they published within the last five years?
  • Are they cited in current APA format throughout the plan?
  • Have you included an attached reference list?

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