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).

Many conferences offer the opportunity to present posters. You can view examples of posters from IHQI’s annual Improvement Scholars Symposium.

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
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Management Evaluation
  • Operational Processes
  • Patient Safety
  • Payment Reform
  • Performance Measurement
  • Risk Management
  • Spreading improvement
  • Sustaining Improvement
  • Technology
  • Testing

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.

You can also use the online resource JANE (Journal/Author Name Estimator) to determine a journal “home” for your paper. Simply paste in the title or abstract, click on “Find Journals” and a list of best-matched journals will be generated for you. JANE can also help you find relevant articles to cite in your paper or authors to review your paper.