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Nursing Students Provide Free Doula Care to Underserved Women, Leading to Fewer Preterm Deliveries, Low Birthweight Babies, and Cesarean Sections 7/16/2014
Nursing students provide free doula care to underserved women, leading to fewer preterm births, low birthweight babies, and cesarean sections, and generating high levels of patient satisfaction.
Policy Reference-Pricing Policy for Hip/Knee Replacements Generates Significant Savings by Encouraging Enrollees To Choose High-Value Facilities 5/21/2014
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System generated significant cost savings by adopting reference pricing for hip and knee replacement procedures, causing enrollees to migrate to high-value facilities and encouraging high-price hospitals to lower their fees.
Hospital Collaborative-Inspired Improvements in Donation and Procurement Processes Lead to Increase in Organ Donors 5/7/2014
As part of a collaborative with other hospitals, a health system developed multiple strategies to improve the organ donation request and procurement process, leading to a high conversion rate (the percentage of potential donors who become actual donors); collaborative participants as a group experienced a marked rise in conversion rates and donors.
Engaging Room Design and Distraction Techniques Comfort Pediatric Radiology Patients, Leading to Less Need for Sedation, Shorter Wait Times, Higher Satisfaction 4/23/2014
A pediatric radiology department uses theme-based room designs, multisensory distractions, and age-appropriate interactions and techniques to engage and distract young patients, leading to significantly less use of sedation, shorter scheduling lead times, increased throughput, and higher parent and staff satisfaction.
Teamwork Enhancement Program Improves Obstetric Care in a Military Hospital 4/23/2014
An evidence-based teamwork and communication program implemented in the labor and delivery unit of Madigan Army Medical Center led to an improved care process.
QualityTools
Ensuring Correct Surgery 3/12/2014
This pamphlet will help patients understand what will happen before they undergo surgery.
30 Safe Practices for Better Health Care. Fact Sheet 12/18/2013
The National Quality Forum has identified 30 safe practices that, evidence shows, can work to reduce or prevent adverse events and medication errors. These practices can be universally adopted by all health care settings to reduce the risk of harm to patients.
Is Our Pharmacy Meeting Patients’ Needs? A Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool User’s Guide 12/18/2013
This pharmacy health literacy tool was designed to capture perspectives of three critical audiences-objective auditors, pharmacy staff, and patients. The parts of the assessment are complementary and designed to form a comprehensive assessment.
Strategies to Improve Communication Between Pharmacy Staff and Patients: A Training Program for Pharmacy Staff 12/18/2013
This training program is designed to introduce pharmacists to the problem of low health literacy in patient populations and to identify the implications of this problem for the delivery of health care services.
Advancing Pharmacy Health Literacy Practices Through Quality Improvement: Curricular Modules for Faculty 10/9/2013
These curricular modules, for pharmacy faculty, integrate health literacy and health literacy quality improvement into courses, experiential education, and projects for PharmD students and pharmacy residents.

Last updated: July 16, 2014.