Quality Improvement studies

Our researchers collaborate with clinicians to develop intervention studies to improve quality of care, much of it focusing on reducing errors and variations in treatment. Studies have been aimed at evaluating current programs for identifying or managing specific conditions, assessing the impact of an employer worksite clinic on care utilization, and reducing health care-associated infections such as sepsis and Clostridium difficile.

An In-Depth Interview Study of Immunization Providers in a Large Managed Care Organization to Understand Practice Patterns, Barriers and Facilitators for Administering the 3-Dose HPV Vaccine Series

The primary objective of this study is to identify immunization providers’ opinions on practice patterns, barriers and facilitators for Gardasil 3-dose regimen completion among those who initiated the Gardasil vaccine.

Principal Investigator:

Chun Chao, PhD, MS

Funding Source:

Merck Sharp and Dohme Corp.

Funding Years:

2013 - 2016

Effects of Emergency Department Crowding on Patient Safety

We will determine if Emergency Department crowding results in worse patient outcomes. Emergency department crowding is a nationwide phenomenon affecting the acute care system. This proposal will assess the impact of visit-level exposures of emergency department crowding on patient safety outcomes, including death in the emergency department, inpatient, and outpatient settings. The long-term goal of this research program is to guide the design and evaluation of health systems interventions to mitigate the impacts of ED crowding on patient safety.

Principal Investigator:

Stephen F. Derose, MD, MSHS

Funding Source:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Funding Years:

2010 - 2012

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