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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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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

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.

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.

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

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).

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

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

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

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.

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