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External Resources

  • Neuropoint’s Quality Outcomes Database (QOD), serves as a continuous national clinical registry for neurosurgical procedures and practice patterns. Its primary purpose is to track quality of surgical care for the most common neurosurgical procedures, as well as provide practice groups and hospitals with an immediate infrastructure for analyzing and reporting the quality of their neurosurgical care.
  • ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® (ACS NSQIP) is a nationally-validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care in the private sector. ACS NSQIP offers tools, training, customization options and data.
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) actively participates in efforts to measurably improve patient safety and quality of care, including advocacy related to the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act. This law created a voluntary reporting program through which health care providers can share information relating to patient safety events with patient safety organizations (PSOs) on a confidential basis to improve patient safety.
  • National Guidelines and Measures
  • PROMIS Tools for patient reported health status. Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS), funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is a system of highly reliable, valid, flexible, precise, and responsive assessment tools that measure patient–reported health status.
  • IHI Open School
    The Open School provides free online courses, a practicum experience and the opportunity to receive a certificate.
  • Harvard School of Public Health Program in Clinical Effectiveness This program is a 15 credit summer program designed for physician-clinicians, fellows, and faculty who are seeking quantitative and analytic skills needed for clinical research or are interested in health care administration. The program provides clinical investigators with fundamental training in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. 
  • Intermountain Healthcare’s Advanced Training Program (ATP)  
    The ATP course is a practical, in-depth course for health care professionals who teach, implement and investigate quality improvement, outcome measurement and management of both clinical and non-clinical processes. It is conducted over 4 week-long sessions with experiential learning between sessions. A 9 day course, conducted over 4 sessions, is also offered.
  • Cincinnati Children’s Advanced Improvement Methods Course (search for AIM Course)
    The AIM course is a highly interactive course designed for faculty who lead improvement projects and have some basic knowledge of QI and clinical epidemiology and/or research methods. The course includes didactic sessions, case studies, simulation exercises and projects.