Training Is Necessary
QI and patient-safety methodologies have become sophisticated disciplines in the past two decades, Dr. Wright says. Access to training in QI basics now is readily available to early-career hospitalists. For example, CogentHMG offers program support for QI so that anyone interested “doesn’t have to start from scratch anymore; we can help show them the way and support them in doing it.”
This month, HM13 (www.hospital medicine2013.org)—just outside Washington, D.C.—will offer multiple sessions on quality, as well as the “Initiating Quality Improvement Projects with Built-In Sustainment” workshop, led by Center for Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) core investigator Peter Kaboli, MD, MS, who will address sustainability.
Beyond methodological tools, success in quality and patient safety requires the ability to motivate people, often across multiple disciplines, Dr. Nagamine says. “If you want things to work better, you must invite the right people to the table. For example, we often forget to include key nonclinical stakeholders,” she adds.
When working with hospitals across the country to implement rapid-response tTeams, Dr. Nagamine often reminds them to invite the operators, or “key people,” in the process.
“If you put patient safety at the core of your initiative and create the context for that, most people will agree that it’s the right thing to do and will get on board, even if it’s an extra step for them,” she says. “Know your audience, listen to their perspective, and learn what matters to them. And to most people, it matters that they give good patient care.”
Gretchen Henkel is a freelance writer in California.