Student groups in Continuous Quality Improvement work in clinical setting
2010 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), Linköping University, Sweden, has introduced Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) to all its undergraduate programs in close collaboration with the County Council of Ostergotland (CCO). To be powerful, improvement of quality and safety (IQS) should be performed by all involved health professionals and patients in cooperation. Since the mid-80ies, all students have been engaged in educational modules within their undergraduate programs aiming at the development of inter-professional competence. We suggest that inter-professional competence is one of the key elements for working with CQI in healthcare.
At the FHS, all curricula are based on Problem-Based Learning (PBL). The procedure for CQI-work has great similarities to the process for PBL. Hence, CQI and PBL reinforce the way individuals identify and solve problems in addition to needs of learning.
Since 2008, students from all our undergraduate programs learn CQI-methodology during their first semester in individual projects, as part of the curricula for inter-professional learning. The partnership with the CCO now offere opportunities to include practice of CQI in clinical settings. In close collaboration with the staff from primary health care centers or clinical wards, inter-professional student groups identifiy areas of quality and safety improvement and suggest interventions that are evaluated. For example; i) use of search-terms in a web-based medical record system, ii) accessibility to acute care, or iii) reception of frequent visitors in primary health care. The suggested interventions and conclusions were well received, discussed and developed at the clinics.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
interprofessional, quality improvment, health care
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84582OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-84582DiVA: diva2:560401
Toward Unity for Health, 18-20 November, 2010, Katmandu, Nepal