Quality Data Collection Essay

1711 Words Mar 1st, 2012 7 Pages
Quality Data Collection
HCS/588
February 13, 2012
Pam Crocker

Quality Data Collection
Quality is considered a vague concept that can be subjective and unscientific. However, quality can become a definitive concept by collecting and analyzing data. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) evidence based measures defines quality of care. For example, administering aspirin for acute myocardial infarction patients, making sure that pneumonia patients receive antibiotics in a timely manner, and ensuring smoking cessation programs while hospitalized and at discharge. Senior leadership is responsible for defining quality for the organization. When the leadership team is familiar with using quality measures, the health care team can
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These are recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve hand hygiene and decrease the transmission of bacteria, fungi, or viruses.
The data needed to monitor improvement for falls includes data on fall prevention education given to patients, a fall risk assessment on every patient at risk of falls, and written material being given to the patient. “Primary outcome [will be] fall incidence rates calculated from self-reported falls” (Shumway-Cook, Siler, LeMier, York, Cummings, and Koepsell, 2007).
Team member satisfaction uses performance measures to become proactive in solving problems. This leads to performance improvement. The data needed to monitor improvement includes ensuring team member’s involvement in measurement development because “measuring the system needs to model how team members think about doing their collective work” (Jones & Schilling, 2011, para. 6). Measure the team’s strategy to be sure that it is aligned with the organization’s business strategy is another way to monitor improvement. Finally, data collection involves measuring team performance to develop information that makes a difference to the team. “Performance measures stimulate effective problem solving” (Jones & Schilling, 2011, para. 8).

Data Collection Tools
Three data collection tools that can be used to

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