Dates of Program: August 2007 through November 2012
Field of Work: Advancing the science of quality improvement research and evaluation
Problem Synopsis: The health care field has adopted techniques from industry, such as continuous quality improvement (CQI), to improve patient care processes and outcomes. However, CQI in the health care field has come to mean different things to different audiences. Before practitioners and researchers can determine whether a quality improvement initiative has improved health outcomes, information about quality improvement needs to be consistently defined, measured, and reported.
Synopsis of the Work: RWJF awarded nine grants for research projects in three categories:
- Providing a Framework for the Identification, Classification, and Evaluation of Quality Improvement Initiatives (one project)
- Developing New Quality Improvement Measures (five projects)
- Addressing Data Collection and Analysis Methodologies (three projects)