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2012 Improvement Science Summit

Date: July 17 - 18, 2012
Location: Grand Hyatt Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX


The Improvement Science Summit is the official conference of the Improvement Science Research Network (ISRN). Philosophically aligned with the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, the goals of the ISRN are to accelerate improvement by conducting interprofessional landmark multisite studies and to enhance translation of research findings into health care.

Transforming health care through quality improvement and patient safety initiatives is a national priority. This innovative 1 1/2 day conference focused on advancing healthcare improvement.

This project was supported by grant number R13HS021834 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
2012 Summit Welcome and Overview

Kathleen R. Stevens, RN, MS, EdD, FAAN
Professor and Director
Academic Center for Evidence-Based Nursing, the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Director, Improvement Science Research Network

Keynote: Improvement Science and the Future of Healthcare Transformation 

Patricia Benner, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor Emerita, University of California at San Francisco, ISRN Steering Council Member

How Complexity Science Can Inform a Reflective Process: MAP/RAP in Action

Michael L. Parchman, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Director, MacColl Center for Healthcare Innovations, Group Health Research Institute 

Stepped-Wedge Design: From Principle to Clinical Practice 

Jack Needleman, PhD, FAAN
Professor and Director
Health Services PhD and MSHS Progrmas
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health
ISRN Steering Council Member

Raising the Rigor of PDSA: Orthogonal Design

Kieron Dey, BSc, MBA, FSS
Scientific Advisor, Nobigroup Inc. 

Evaluating Quality Improvement Interventions: Improving Patient Based Evaluations

John Ovretveit, BSc (Hons), MPhil, PhD, CPsychol, CSci, MIHM
Director of Research, Professor of Health Innovation Implementation and Evaluation, Medical Management Centre, The Karolinska Institutet

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Multi-Site Research on Scale Up and Spread

Stephen C. Hines, PhD
Vice President, Research, Health Research and Education Trust, American Hospital Association

Panel: Enhancing Research Output through National Collaboration

Kathleen R. Stevens, RN, EdD, FAAN
Professor and Director, Improvement Science Research Network, Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice, UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Linda Roussel, RN, DSN, NEA, BC
Professor, USA College of Nursing, Department of Community Mental Health, University of South Alabama, College of Nursing

Darpan I. Patel, PhD
Clinical Research Project Manager, Improvement Science Research Network, Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice, UT Health Sciene Center San Antonio

Jack Needleman, PhD, FAAN
Professor and Director, Health Services PhD and MSHS Programs, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health, ISRN Steering Council Member

The Next Frontier for Discovery: New ISRN Network Studies

Frank Puga, PhD
Research Scientist, Improvement Science Research Network, Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice, UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Sallie J. Weaver, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety & Quality, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

2012 Abstracts on Quality Improvement Research

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  1. An Environment of Excellence: Improving Interprofessional Communication
  2. Being Discharged from Hospice Alive: Perceptions of Patients and Families
  3. Building a Comprehensive Patient Safety Program on Evidence-Based Practices
  4. Care Management Multidisciplinary Huddle
  5. Caregiver Quality of Life in Huntington's Disease
  6. Changing Nursing Culture to Embrace Hourly Rounding with Purpose
  7. Clinician Communication: How Confident Are We and Does It Differ By Role?
  8. Closing the Quality Gap Series: State of the Science form Systematic Reviews
  9. Collaborative Best Practice Guidelines Development
  10. Commonalities and Differences in Technical Skills of Endotracheal Suctioning for Adult Intubated Patients: Questionnaire Survey from Certified Intensive Care Nurses in Japan
  11. Comparison Between RN and MD Led Resuscitation: Adherence to AHA Cardiac Arrest Guidelines
  12. Creating a Sustainable Research Driven Culture in a Rural Community Hospital
  13. Daily Awakening Reduces Time on Mechanical Ventilation in a MICU
  14. Developing a Patient Centered Approach to Handoffs Using the ISHAPED
  15. Developing a Professional Practice Environment Through Leadership
  16. Development of Oral Care protocol in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer After Oral Surgery
  17. Development/Implementation of Pap Test Guidelines in GYN Oncology Practice
  18. Does Motivational Counseling Improve Cardiovascular Health for Female Healthcare Providers?
  19. Effects of Deliberate Practice Videos on Self-Efficacy and Competency
  20. Empowering Nurses on Inpatient Mobility
  21. Engaging Frontline Staff: An Academic Practice Collaborative
  22. Evaluating the Implementation of an Extended Infusion Piperacillin - Tazabactam Dosing Strategy at a Large Quaternary Care Teaching Hospital
  23. Evidence-Based Practices in the Medical Intensive Care Unit
  24. Exploring the Use of Positive Deviance in Nursing
  25. Identifying Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Elders
  26. Implementation of a Practice Improvement: Impact on Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections Acquired During ECMO Therapy in Pediatric Patients
  27. Implementing Base Wide AED Program in a Deployed Location SWA
  28. Improving Process, Coordination and Attitudes to Increase On-Time Surgeries
  29. Improving Research Skills of Registered Nurses: Effects of a Web-Based Tool
  30. Improving Transitions to Home After Hospitalization
  31. Interruptions of the NNP in a Level III NICU
  32. Is Anticoagulation Associated with Preventing Upper Extremity Venous Thromboembolism and Are There Any Risk Factors?
  33. Lean Thinking in Nurses on a Patient Care Unit: Instrument Development
  34. Learning from Errors through Patients and Families
  35. Measuring Effectiveness of an Inpatient Anticoagulation Safety Program
  36. Missed Care: Opportunity for Improvement in Patient Care Outcomes
  37. Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Reduce Prevalence of Pressure Ulcer in Intensive Care Unit
  38. Music Relaxation Video and Biophysical Measurements
  39. No Fear From the Rear…if Your Colon's Clear
  40. Nurses Compliance with Disinfection of Intravenous Access Ports
  41. Optimal Disinfection Times for Needleless Intravenous Connectors
  42. Peer Review: A New Approach to Pressure Ulcer Prevention
  43. Quality Improvement Innovation Using Electronic Evaluation Records
  44. Quality of Diabetic Care by Military Care Providers During a Time of War
  45. Resource Adequacy in Hospitals that Care for Acutely Ill Children
  46. The Determinants of Implementing Best Practices to Reduce the Incidence of Prenatal Harm
  47. The Development of Replant and Free Tissue Monitoring Chart
  48. The Effects of Zoning on Patient Care
  49. The Mobile Nursing Documentation System Influence of the Document Content Quality and the Staff Nurses' Comprehension
  50. Thinking Like A Nurse: Using Video Scenarios to Teach Quality Competencies
  51. Tool for Identification of Patients Eligible for Older Adult Sitter Services
  52. Using Microsystems Techniques in a System Redesign Project
  53. Using National Quality Improvement Data to Understand Superficial Surgical Site Infections
  54. Utilizing Teamwork and Communication to Prevent Patient Fall

Student Abstracts

  1. Do Physician Relationships Matter? An analysis of inpatient medical teams
  2. Framework for Implementing Best Practice for CLABSI Reduction
  3. Implementing a Transitional Care Model to Reduce Readmissions
  4. Innovative clinical process reform to improve effectiveness of care
  5. Inpatients' Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Safety Behaviors
  6. Men’s Marginal Health: A Concept Analysis of Masculinity
  7. The Influence of the Nurses' Work Environment on Pediatric ICU Patient Outcomes and Intent to Leave Among Pediatric Critical Care Nurses

Late-Breaking Abstracts

  1. Early Referral of Hospitalized Adults for Case Management Services
  2. Effectiveness of Patient Educational Brochure: Knowing What to Expect, Improves Patient Satisfaction in the ER


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