Presenting and publishing results of quality improvement initiatives at UNC Medical Center accomplishes several things:
- contributes to the body of knowledge about how to improve care and outcomes for patients
- increases the rigor with which we conduct improvement activities
- builds our reputation as a leader in healthcare quality improvement
If you are considering presenting or publishing results, be sure to submit your project or initiative to the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). Note that most QI initiatives are eligible for an exemption, and the Office of Human Research Ethics is available to answer all questions. Review the Research v. QI Differentation Tool, or our QI and IRB Considerations for more information.
The core team at IHQI can help you frame proposals, design projects and identify platforms for sharing results. Additional information and resources about Quality Improvement can be found on our Resources page, and on the UNC Department of Pediatrics ‘Quality Improvement’ section, located here.
Publish and Report – Conferences
Presenting at conferences has many benefits. In addition to networking with others interested in a similar field, presenting spreads scientific advancement, supports platforms for idea spread, and enhances communication skills associated with individual and team research.
When preparing to present at conferences, it is imperative to consider as many facts about the presentation and conference as possible. Suggested topics to consider include timeline and format of proposal, topic or theme of the conference, audience, how to share contact information, funding sources, and expenses (travel, lodging, food).
Publish and Report – Journals
Learn to write excellent, usable articles about quality improvement in healthcare. For more information about publishing, become familiar with the SQUIRE Guidelines and website.
There are a variety of journals that accept quality improvement manuscripts. IHI recommends reading several recent issues of a journal to determine which journal may be most suitable for your publication. Consider the topic(s) of interest presented in your research and those considered by the journal, if applicable. Topics of interest include:
- Best Practices
- Clinical Processes
- Consumer Roles
- Cost Reduction
- Evaluation of Services
- Information Spread
- Management Evaluation
- Operational Processes
- Patient Safety
- Payment Reform
- Performance Measurement
- Risk Management
- Spreading improvement
- Sustaining Improvement
A (non-exhaustive) list of journals can be found at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Please note each journal likely uses different criteria and deadlines for publishing, so be sure to thoroughly examine their application page prior to submitting a journal.
- Squire Website – SQUIRE stands for Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence. The SQUIRE guidelines provide a framework for reporting new knowledge about how to improve healthcare. They are intended for reports that describe system level work to improve the quality, safety and value of healthcare.
- Squire 2.0 Guidelines – Review of SQUIRE 1.0 to 2.0
- High Value Quality Improvement Dissemination – This document from the High Value Practice Academic Alliance (HVPAA) details avenues to disseminate high value care or quality improvement projects/ideas/cases, including journals, web-based platforms and conferences.
- International Committee of Medical Journal Editors – “Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors”
- University of Wisconsin and the Health Innovation Program – This site contains several resources to help clinicians publish the results of their quality improvement work within healthcare organizations.
- Publishing Your Quality Improvement Work – This slide presentation was created by IHQI Associate Director, Jennifer Elston Lafata, PhD
- Writing to Improve Healthcare – This book is a ‘what and how to’ guide to writing for successful scholarly publication in the emerging fields of healthcare improvement and patient safety. It offers practical advice that includes preparation and organization of a scholarly healthcare improvement manuscript, where to submit it to find the most likely interested editor and journal, how to take full advantage of coauthors’ working together effectively, and strategies for authors to reach a broader health professions readership. UNC School of Medicine employees can access a copy of this book from the library catalog.
- Organising a Manuscript Reporting Quality Improvement or Patient Safety Research – promoting, writing and publishing quality improvement
- Toward Stronger Evidence on Quality Improvement – the importance and challenge of publishing quality improvement work