An example of the need for QI and CME to collaborate.

April 17, 2008 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

A recent report suggest cardiac patients admitted during the week are more likely to survive than patients admitted on the weekend. Isn’t this a very real example of the need for the Quality Improvement and Continuing Medical Education departments in hospital settings to work together on an important improvement initiative. QI can surely get at the root cause of this problem by identifying systems and work process issues that could addressed and lead to improvement. CME can surely examine the root cause analysis of the problem done by QI and identify practice gaps amenable to an educational resolution that could lead to improvement. Working together on this issue might demonstrate the real value of QI/CME collaboration.

CME providers clamor for needs assessment data to support education interventions. How does your hospital data compare with the national data? Take a look at your data with your QI department. See what you learn. If there appears to be room for improvement in your setting, perhaps the two departments can identify collaborative initiatives that will significantly change the numbers, reduce morbidity, and save some lives, especially on the weekends.

Just a thought.


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