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John Ovretveit, BSc (Hons), MPhil, PhD, CPsychol, CSCI, MIHM
The Improvement Science Research Network Coordinating Center had the pleasure of hosting ISRN Steering Council member John Ovretveit for a week long visiting professorship preceding the 2014 Improvement Science Summit. Dr. Øvretveit is the director of the Medical Management Centre at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden and has been a member of the ISRN Steering Council since 2012.
October 24, 2012
“No hospital too small; no study too big”
With the approaches described in this seminar, it becomes clear that for the clinician, there is no hospital too small for conducting improvement research; and for the scientist, there is no research question too big that can’t be answered and supported through a research network. Today, multi-site network studies are a necessity to generate evidence for healthcare improvement and patient safety, but how well do they work? Join the ISRN for a discussion on easing the transition of a project from quality improvement to research.
May 23, 2012
The Improvement Science Research Network published national research priorities in June 2010. This web seminar highlights progress made toward these priorities. Such advances are possible through the synergy sparked by the Improvement Science Research Network. Dr. Stevens and ISRN colleagues will describe how improvement knowledge is being discovered through studies conducted by national research groups and will invite you to collaborate.
October 26, 2010
Multi-site improvement research studies sponsored by the ISRN have the potential to produce unprecedented evidence that will revolutionize healthcare quality, delivery and safety. This web seminar introduced two Network Studies – Frontline Engagement in Quality Improvement, and Preventing Medication Errors -- that embody several of the most critical topics in improvement science. The web seminar presented each study’s purpose, research design, research questions, and inclusion/exclusion criteria, along with information regarding how interested individuals can participate in this pioneering research.
June 14, 2010
The first session of our web seminar series introduced the field of improvement science and showcased the activities of the ISRN as a catalyst for change. This 60-minute event defined improvement science, exploring the overlapping paradigms of improvement science, translational science, and implementation science and explaining the need and context for improvement science research. Furthermore, it enumerated the many challenges facing improvement science and health care improvement in general, including a lack of evidence-based research methodologies; limited institutional access to national improvement science experts; a need for on-site training in research methodologies; and the absence of a collegial and technological infrastructure to support a national agenda for improvement science research priorities. Finally, the event showcased the solutions available to meet these challenges, including the ISRN.
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February 27, 2013
This web seminar presented successful case studies in follow up to the most popular web seminar on Improving Our Work IS Our Work: Creating a Climate for Improvement.
Part I: The Macro, From the Top Down – National VA Improvement Initiatives
Part II: The Micro, From the Bottom Up – Applying the VA Improvement Structure at the Local Level
November 14, 2012
The need for dramatic improvement in the healthcare delivery system is urgent. The recent report, “Industrial and Systems Engineering and Health Care: Critical Areas of Research” (AHRQ, 2011) outlines how systems thinking can play an essential role in improving the safety and efficiency of care. Join the ISRN for this web seminar looking at improving healthcare delivery through applying systems engineering principles.
Healthcare Transitions and Coordination:
Early Readmission, Effectiveness, Economics
June 27, 2012
August 22, 2012
Patients with chronic conditions often need care from numerous healthcare professionals across multiple settings of care. These patients often transition between hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, primary provider offices, and home to obtain the care and services they need. Studies show that such transitions jeopardize patient safety and quality of care, stemming from incomplete or inaccurate transitions and uncoordinated care. The challenge is to improve transitions and care coordination to reduce preventable readmissions and other inefficiencies that contribute to escalating costs. The two-part webinar series will address Coordination and Transitions of Care, an ISRN Research Priority and emerging topic of research, which affects every patient that is hospitalized in our nation’s healthcare system.
January 25, 2012
The Code of Federal Regulations defines research as a “systematic investigation…designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities which meet this definition constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes.” Determining whether hospital based quality improvement is research is a difficult decision to make.
September 28, 2011
"Improving our work IS our work" is a motto that is spreading across nursing care in the Veteran's Affairs Health Care System. Nurses are at the forefront of patient care and thus need to be up to date on current practices and trends to improve the care their patients recieve. Also, serving as an advocate for the patient, the nurse is in the unique position to be a liaison between the patient and the healthcare system. Surely there are examples of successful improvement initatives that have been implemented in the VA system. This web seminar presents the strategies the VA has taken to give frontline nurses the tools and the skills to lead change from the bedside and creating a climate for improvement.
May 25, 2011
Though such large-scale research can produce ground breaking results, it also presents challenges in forming highly functioning and effective teams across multiple disciplines and geographical barriers. The field of Team Science provides a wealth of information about creating and maintaining successful teams that the ISRN will apply to collaborative research studies.
February 16, 2011
Operational failures, or work arounds, in acute care setting results in a large amount of time wasted not to mention delays in the delivery of care. A smattering of research has been done on this topic, with much of the research led by industrial engineers studying the effect of work flow, unit layouts, accessibiity and staffing. Previous studies have reported that operational failures come in the form of 6 major categories: equipment/supplies, physical unit/layout, information/communcation, staffing/training, medication and other. This web seminar presents current research that is being done by engineers to reduce nursing work arounds and its impact on the healthcare system.
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