Ten hospitals participated in phase III of the Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) program to create and pilot test new concepts, develop exemplary care models on medical/surgical units and demonstrate institutional commitment and resources to support and sustain these innovations. TCAB is not a traditional quality improvement program; one primary characteristic that sets it apart is its focus on engaging frontline staff and unit managers. Ideas for transforming the way care is delivered on medical/surgical units come not from the executive suite or a quality improvement department, but from the nurses and other care team members who spend the most time with patients and their families.
The Business Case for TCAB
Implementing Transforming Care at the Bedside, a nurse-led quality initiative which aimed to create rapid improvement, resulted in large gains in outcomes and large savings in costs.
Evaluation of Transforming Care at the Bedside
Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) is a multiphase program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The evaluation, led by Jack Needleman, Ph.D., of the UCLA School of Public Health, began in September 2004 and will end in May 2009.