We encourage our quality improvement teams to pursue two types of scholarship; presenting at conferences and publishing in journals. Both are effective ways to establish yourself in communities of individuals and organizations that have similar interests and to enhance your quality improvement network.
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 which are listed below with other resources.
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. A (non-exhaustive) list of journals can be found at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s School Resources.
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.
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.