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As an initial effort to identify opportunities to improve the management of children with nephrotic syndrome, the goal of this study was to assess the present-day management of children with primary nephrotic syndrome. A web-based survey was designed to assess the current management styles of all pediatric nephrology faculties at ten participating… (More)
A hospital's "no false alams" policy has been validated by staff's and families' appropriate activation of the rapid response team.
This case study describes a local public health agency's multiyear effort to establish an infrastructure and organizational culture for continuous quality improvement, using data from interviews with the agency's senior leaders, managers, and frontline staff. Lessons learned include the importance of setting stretch goals, engaging leaders at all levels of… (More)
Measurement and feedback are fundamental to quality improvement. There is a knowledge gap among health care professionals in knowing how to measure the impact of their quality improvement projects and how to use these data to improve care. This article presents a pragmatic approach to measurement and feedback for quality improvement efforts in local health… (More)
BACKGROUND To develop an accurate, proxy-reported bedside measurement tool for assessment of the severity of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (also called chronic lung disease) in preterm infants to supplement providers' current biometric measurements of the disease. METHODS We adapted Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS)… (More)
OBJECTIVE Test the feasibility of using a bedside nurse-reported tool (Proxy-Reported Pulmonary Outcome Scale, PRPOS) for evaluating the severity of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) by assessing functional, disease-related measures. STUDY DESIGN Bedside nurses tested the 26-item instrument by observing preterm infants (23-30 weeks at birth) at 36 to… (More)