Improving health care workers for seasonal influenza vaccination at university health system: a paradigm for closing the quality chasm.

Jan E. Patterson, Jose Cadena, Teresa Prigmore, Jason Bowling, Beth Ann Ayala, Leni Kirkman, Amruta Parekh, Theresa Scepanski

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Abstract

Significant gaps in quality and patient safety in the US health-care system have been identified and were reported in the past decade by the Institute of Medicine. Despite recognition of these gaps in "knowing versus doing," change in health care is slow and difficult. The quality improvement and clinical safety movement is increasing among US medical centers. Our health science center implemented the UT System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness course, providing project-based teaching of quality-improvement tools and principles of patient safety. A quality-improvement project that increased healthcare workers' influenza vaccination rate by 17.8% from that in 2008 to a rate of 76.6% in 2009 serves as a paradigm of how physicians can lead quality-improvement project teams to narrow the quality chasm (1). Local efforts to narrow the chasm are discussed in the present paper, including inter-professional education in quality improvement and clinical safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-173
Number of pages8
JournalTransactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association
Volume122
StatePublished - Oct 4 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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