Friday, October 5, 2012

The Value Proposition in Quality Improvement

Our Quality Reports Editor Dr. Alex Kemper offers the following preview of what’s being published in the newest section of our journal:

Many rightfully ask for whether participation in quality-improvement projects is really worth their time and effort. Each of us has many competing demands, and engagement in one activity means that something else is not done. One solution is to focus on those quality-improvement activities that lead to important changes across many different activities. A good example is described by Duncan et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-2356) who demonstrated improvement in screening and counseling during adolescent well-child visits. This project led to improvements in care for many services recommended by Bright Futures. Note that Dr. Duncan is one of the editors of Bright Futures. It is nice to see individuals who promote guidelines demonstrate that they can be implemented in the “real world."