As an academic medical institution, UNC is fortunate to have many clinicians who not only engage in quality improvement initiatives, but who publish their findings for others to learn from and share. IHQI stays abreast of recent QI publications from UNC authors who are focused on improving clinical care and improvement outcomes.

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    1. The compliance coach: A bedside observer, auditor, and educator as part of an infection prevention department’s team approach for improving central line care and reducing central line-associated bloodstream infection risk. (includes abstract) Buchanan, Mark O. Summerlin-Long, Shelley K. DiBiase, Lauren M. Sickbert-Bennett, Emily E. Weber, David J.; American Journal of Infection Control, Jan2019; 47(1): 109-111. 3p. (Article) ISSN: 0196-6553

    2. Implementing Lean in Academic Primary Care.(includes abstract) Daaleman TP, Brock D, Gwynne M, Weir S, Dickinson I, Willis B, Reid A; Quality Management in Health Care, Jul-Sep2018; 27(3): 111-116. 6p. (Article – case study, research, tables/charts) ISSN: 1063-8628

    3. A Department of Medicine Infrastructure for Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Improvement. (includes abstract) Mathews, Simon C. Pronovost, Peter J. Daugherty Biddison, E. LeePetty, Brent G. Anderson, Mark E. Nelson, Terry S. Outten, Katie Langlotz, Ronald Duda, Denice Herzke, Carrie A. Peairs, Kimberly S. Golden, Sherita H. Lautzenheiser, Matthew B. James, Hailey J. Desai, Sanjay V. Keller, Sara C. Feldman, Leonard S. Pahwa, Amit K. Berry, Stephen A.; American Journal of Medical Quality, Jul/Aug2018; 33(4): 413-419. 7p. (journal article) ISSN: 1062-8606 PMID: 29183149

    4. Improving Quality in the Care of Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.(includes abstract) Egberg, Matthew D. Gulati, Ajay S. Gellad, Ziad F. Melmed, Gil Y. Kappelman, Michael D.; Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Aug2018; 24(8): 1660-1669. 10p. (Article) ISSN: 1078-0998

    5. Multidisciplinary quality improvement initiative to standardize reporting of lung cancer screening. Cubillos L, Brenner AT, Birchard K, Henderson LM, Molina PL, Pignone M, Ratner S, Rivera MP, Jones L, Reuland DS. Transl Lung Cancer Res. 2018;7(Suppl 3):S297-S301.

    6. Primary Care Practices’ Abilities And Challenges In Using Electronic Health Record Data For Quality Improvement. (includes abstract) Cohen, Deborah J. Dorr, David A. Knierim, Kyle DuBard, C. Annette Hemler, Jennifer R. Hall, Jennifer D. Marino, Miguel Solberg, Leif I. McConnell, K. John Nichols, Len M. Nease Jr., Donald E. Edwards, Samuel T. Wu, Winfred Y. Pham-Singer, Hang Kho, Abel N. Phillips Jr., Robert L. Rasmussen, Luke V. Duffy, F. Daniel Balasubramanian, Bijal A.; Health Affairs, Apr2018; 37(4): 635-643. 9p. (Article – research, tables/charts) ISSN: 0278-2715

    7. Improving Psychosocial Distress Screening: A Quality Improvement Project Using Staff Education.(includes abstract) Butcher Holt, Melissa; Improving Psychosocial Distress Screening: A Quality Improvement Project Using Staff Education, 2018; 1-1. 1p. (Article) ISBN: 9780438033641

    8. Improving Postpartum Depression Screening and Referral in the Pediatric Setting.(includes abstract) Russomagno, Samantha; Improving Postpartum Depression Screening & Referral In The Pediatric Setting, 2018; 1-1. 1p. (Article) ISBN: 9780438063075

    9. A global call to action: cultivating a safety mindset.(includes abstract) Sherwood, Gwen; International Nursing Review, Mar2019; 66(1): 1-3. 3p. (Article) ISSN: 0020-8132

    10. Contextual factors that influence quality improvement implementation in primary care: The role of organizations, teams, and individuals. Shea CM, Turner K, Albritton J, Reiter KL. Health Care Manage Rev. 2018 Jul/Sep;43(3):261-269. doi: 10.1097/HMR.0000000000000194. PMID: 29533271

    11. Quiet Time Improves the Patient Experience. Hedges, C., Hunt, C. & Ball, P. (2019). Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 34 (3), 197-202.

    12. Improving the Emergency Department Care of Older Adults in North America. Malone ML, Biese K. Clin Geriatr Med. 2018 Aug;34(3):xiii-xv. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2018.06.001. Epub 2018 Jun 20. No abstract available. PMID: 30031430

    13. Pilot Test of an Adapted Intervention to Improve Timeliness of Referrals to Hospice and Palliative Care for Eligible Home Health Patients. Kirk MA, Hanson LC, Weinberger M, Haines ER, Rokoske FS, Powell BJ, Birken SA. J Palliat Med. 2019 May 15. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2018.0504. PMID: 31090487
    14. Using Safety Barrier Analysis to Facilitate Quality Improvement in Health Care: Improving Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis as a Proof of Concept. Moore C, Coleman GC, Chang J, Nagle M, Sten MB. Am J Med Qual. 2019 Jun 21:1062860619856689. doi: 10.1177/1062860619856689. PMID: 31226877

    15. Implementing Evidence-Based Screening and Counseling for Unhealthy Alcohol Use with Epic-Based Electronic Health Record Tools.Colleen Barclay MPH, Meera Viswanathan PhD, Shana Ratner MD, Julia Tompkins MSW, LCSW, Daniel E. Jonas MD, MPH. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2019 Aug; 45:566-74.

    16. Reduction in Length of Stay and Morphine Use for NAS With the “Eat, Sleep, Console” Method. Blount T, Painter A, Freeman E, Grossman M, Sutton AG. Hosp Pediatr. 2019 Jul 8. pii: hpeds.2018-0238. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2018-0238. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31285356

    17. Maximizing the Benefit of Quality Improvement Activities: A Spread of Innovations Model. Wolak E, Overman A, Willis B, Hedges C, Spivak GF. J Nurs Care Qual. 2019 Aug 26. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000438. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31464849

    18. Handing Off the Older Patient: Improved Documentation of Geriatric Assessment in Transitions of Care. Blomberg BA, Mulligan RC, Staub SJ, Hanson LC, Drickamer MA, Dale MC. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Feb;66(2):401-406. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15237. Epub 2017 Dec 18. PMID: 29251766

    19. Integrating Palliative and Oncology Care for Patients with Advanced Care: A Quality Improvement Intervention. Laura C. Hanson, MD, MPH, Frances Collichio, MD, Stephen A. Bernard, MD, William A. Wood, MD, MPH, Matt Milowsky, MD, Erin Burgess, BA, Crista J. Creedle, RN, BSN, OCN, Summer Cheek, RN, BSN, OCN, Lydia Chang, MD, Bhisham Chera, MD, Alexandra Fox, MSW, and Feng-Chang Lin, PhD. (2017). Journal of Palliative Medicine, 20 (12).

    20. Who Needs Inpatient Detox? Development and Implementation of a Hospitalist Protocol for the Evaluation of Patients for Alcohol Detoxification. John R. Stephens, MD, E. Allen Liles, MD, Ria Dancel, MD, Michael Gilchrist, MD, MPH, Jonathan Kirsch, MD, and Darren A. DeWalt, MD, MPH. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Apr; 29(4): 587–593. doi: 10.1007/s11606-013-2751-3. PMID: 24395104

    21. Pharmacist coordinated, multidisciplinary hospital follow-up visits improve patient outcomes. Cavanaugh JJ, Lindsey, K, Shilliday BB, Ratner S. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2015; 21(3): 256–60.

    22. Implementation science workshop: a primary care–based multidisciplinary readmission prevention program. Cavanaugh JJ, Jones CD, Embree G, Tsai K, Miller T, Shilliday BB, McGuirt BM, Roche R, Pignone M, DeWalt DA, Ratner S. J Gen Internal Med. 2014; 29(5): 798–804.

    23. Quality Improvement Principles and Practice. Ratner S, Pignone M. Prim Care. 2019 Dec;46(4):505-514. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2019.07.008. Epub 2019 Jul 31. Review. PMID: 31655747

    24. Understanding quality improvement collaboratives through an implementation science lens. Rohweder C, Wangen M, Black M, Dolinger H, Wolf M, O’Reilly C, Brandt H, Leeman J. Prev Med. 2019 Oct 23:105859. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2019.105859. PMID: 31655174

    25. Implementing a Novel Quality Improvement-Based Approach to Data Quality Monitoring and Enhancement in a Multipurpose Clinical Registry. Pratt J, Jeffers D, King EC, Kappelman MD, Collins J, Margolis P, Baron H, Bass JA, Bassett MD, Beasley GL, Benkov KJ, Bornstein JA, Cabrera JM, Crandall W, Dancel LD, Garin-Laflam MP, Grunow JE, Hirsch BZ, Hoffenberg E, Israel E, Jester TW, Kiparissi F, Lakhole A, Lapsia SP, Minar P, Navarro FA, Neef H, Park KT, Pashankar DS, Patel AS, Pineiro VM, Samson CM, Sandberg KC, Steiner SJ, Strople JA, Sudel B, Sullivan JS, Suskind DL, Uppal V, Wali PD. EGEMS (Wash DC). 2019 Sep 30;7(1):51. doi: 10.5334/egems.262. PMID: 31646151

    26. The Capacity of Primary Care for Improving Evidence-Based Care: Early Findings From AHRQ’s EvidenceNOW. Shoemaker SJ, McNellis RJ, DeWalt DA. Ann Fam Med. 2018 Apr;16(Suppl 1):S2-S4. doi: 10.1370/afm.2227. PMID: 29632218