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The Evaluation of an Interprofessional QI Program: A Qualitative Study

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Department of Surgery, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Emma Children’s Hospital, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Department of Epidemiology and Data Science, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Department of Internal Medicine, Infection, Immunity and Infectious Diseases, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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ACHIEVE, Centre of Applied Research, Faculty of Health, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, 1105 BD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(16), 10087; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191610087
Received: 30 June 2022 / Revised: 10 August 2022 / Accepted: 12 August 2022 / Published: 15 August 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Culture of Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Nursing)
Background: Quality Improvement (QI) is the key for every healthcare organization. QI programs may help healthcare professionals to develop the needed skills for interprofessional collaboration through interprofessional education. Furthermore, the role of diversity in QI teams is not yet fully understood. This evaluation study aimed to obtain in-depth insights into the expectations and experiences of different stakeholders of a hospital-wide interprofessional QI program. Methods: This qualitative study builds upon 20 semi-structured interviews with participants and two focus groups with the coaches and program advisory board members of this QI program. Data were coded and analyzed using thematic analysis. Results: Three themes emerged from the analysis: “interprofessional education”, “networking” and “motivation: presence with pitfalls”. Working within interprofessional project groups was valuable, because participants with different experiences and skills helped to move the QI project forward. It was simultaneously challenging because IPE was new and revealed problems with hierarchy, communication and planning. Networking was also deemed valuable, but a shared space to keep in contact after finalizing the program was missing. The participants were highly motivated to finish their QI project, but they underestimated the challenges. Conclusions: A hospital-wide QI program must explicitly pay attention to interprofessional collaboration and networking. Leaders of the QI program must cherish the motivation of the participants and make sure that the QI projects are realistic. View Full-Text
Keywords: quality improvement; EBQI; interprofessional education; evaluation; qualitative research; leadership quality improvement; EBQI; interprofessional education; evaluation; qualitative research; leadership
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Brugman, I.M.; Visser, A.; Maaskant, J.M.; Geerlings, S.E.; Eskes, A.M. The Evaluation of an Interprofessional QI Program: A Qualitative Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 10087. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191610087

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Brugman IM, Visser A, Maaskant JM, Geerlings SE, Eskes AM. The Evaluation of an Interprofessional QI Program: A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(16):10087. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191610087

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Brugman, Ilja M., Annelies Visser, Jolanda M. Maaskant, Suzanne E. Geerlings, and Anne M. Eskes. 2022. "The Evaluation of an Interprofessional QI Program: A Qualitative Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 16: 10087. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191610087

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