UC Medical Center and University Hospital
(UH) have been selected to participate in a new national initiative
designed to improve patient care, satisfaction and safety.
UC and UH together will join 11 other
academic health centers in Achieving Competence Today (ACT), a pilot
program that will allow resident physicians, trainee nurses and other
health care students to work closely with management to address
problems on the front lines of care.
Funding for ACT comes from Partnerships
for Quality Education, a national initiative by the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation in partnership with the Association of American Medical
Colleges and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
While most teaching hospital
administrators agree that quality and safety need to improve, says Greg
Rouan, MD, principal investigator and program sponsor for ACT, few have
successfully integrated quality improvement into their culture.
ACT participants will help address this
shortcoming, Dr. Rouan says, by studying a Web-based, self-directed
curriculum that teaches the organization, design and financing of
health care. Over four weeks, they will also work through problems
drawn from actual patient experiences.
The participants will use these tools to
increase their knowledge of health care systems and their skills in
practice improvement. They will apply what they learn to develop
quality improvement plans that address problems they have identified.
Each grantee institution has identified
its own area of concern. UC and UH will focus on data that will help
improve the quality of inpatient and ambulatory patient care.
Dr. Rouan, faculty from the Colleges of
Nursing and Medicine, and senior administrative staff at UH will work
with residents and graduate nursing students as they identify problems
and refine specific plans to address them. When the plans are complete,
senior UH administrators will select the best for further development