This webinar series will focus on issues of importance to the emerging community of improvement science researchers and practitioners in healthcare. Webinars are delivered by members of the Health Foundation's International Development Group for Improvement Science.
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Efforts to improve the quality of patient care have tended to focus on defined technical interventions, often with mixed results in different settings.
There is increasing recognition that it’s not just what you do, but the way that you do it and the environment or context that really matters. A range of factors can affect the success of improvement, from the external policy environment, to organisational culture, to local structures, available people and processes.
This webinar – with Naomi Fulop, John Gabbay and Andrée le May, chaired by Bill Lucas – explores why context needs to be taken into consideration when attempting improvement, and what skills best help professionals to manage context effectively.
Earlier this year, Professor Charles Vincent and colleagues from Imperial College London drew together evidence from a range of sources both from within healthcare settings and from other safety critical industries in an acclaimed publication for The Health Foundation.
The framework highlights the key dimensions that any healthcare organisation should consider in its safety measurement plans.
In this webinar, Charles talks to Bill Lucas about the framework and answers questions from participants.
In this webinar, Dr Laura Leviton addresses the concept of ‘evaluability assessment’, a useful exploratory stage to determine whether an initiative is mature enough to be evaluated.
Professor Nick Barber talks about measurement and the challenges of evaluating new technologies which aim to improve healthcare.
Note: Unfortunately there are some issues with the sound during Laura's presentation at the beginning. These sound issues were resolved further in to the webinar.
Professors Ross Baker and Naomi Fulop present the results of their wide-ranging scan of research centres based in academic and healthcare institutions. While most are in Europe and North America – the desktop global search also took them further afield to review centres in Australasia and Asia.
Four of our Improvement Science Fellows – Davina Allen, Tim Draycott, Julie Reed and Carl Macrae – talk to Bill Lucas about the emerging field of improvement science.
Dr Frank Davidoff explores how, in quality improvement work, results are not just about the intervention itself. Traditional methodologies to test clinical interventions, such as randomised double blind trial, therefore need to be re-assessed in relation to improvement science.
Mary Dixon-Woods explores how to write up your research/improvement project for publication. Offering tips on academic writing and structuring papers, she shows how to make your manuscript interesting, engaging, and clear. She also looks at how to target specific journals, and how to respond to referees’ comments.
Dr Kaveh Shojania looks at successfully designing and usefully reporting improvement initiatives, including consideration of several often overlooked principles. The single most commonly overlooked principle is matching the solution to the problem.