Background: Quality improvement (QI) in healthcare is a cultural transformation process. We explored how routine reporting could be developed to aid visibility of the process for QI governance. Method: A retrospective evaluation of QI projects in a large healthcare organisation was conducted. We used an online survey so that the data accrual process resembled routine reporting to help identify implementation challenges. A purposive sample of QI projects was targeted to maximise contrast between projects that were or were not successful as determined by the resident QI team. To hone strategic focus in what should be reported, we also compared factors that might affect project outcomes. Results: Out of 52 QI projects, 10 led to a change in routine practice (‘adoption’). Details of project outcomes were limited. Project team outcomes, indicative of capacity building, were not systematically documented. Service user involvement, quality of measurement plan, fidelity of plan-do-study-act (PDSA) cycles had a major impact on adoption. Conclusion: Designing a routine reporting framework requires an iterative process to navigate data accrual demands. A retrospective evaluation, as in this study, can yield empirical insights to support development of QI governance, thereby honing the implementation science of QI in a healthcare organisation.
|Journal||EVALUATION AND PROGRAM PLANNING|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2023|
- Quality Improvement
- Routine reporting