Developing and sustaining perinatal quality collaboratives : a resource guide for states
Published Date:March 4, 2016
Description:Perinatal quality collaboratives, or PQCs, are networks of perinatal care providers and public health professionals working to improve health outcomes for women and newborns through continuous quality improvement. Across the United States, organizations and individuals with an interest in improving perinatal health outcomes come together to develop these collaboratives to address their concerns. Many of these collaboratives are organized at the state level to allow for effective partnerships with public health agencies and other state- based resources and systems.
This document is intended to provide assistance to states that may wish to form PQCs or that are facing challenges with any aspect of PQC development. Although most users of this guide will probably be in the early stages of collaborative development, this document may also be helpful to existing PQCs who want to enhance their efforts. Each state has unique issues to address, but there are common challenges and best practices that can be applied to collaborative development across regions. This guide provides information on:
• Starting a Statewide Collaborative. Chapter 1 focuses on the activities that need to occur during the planning process to start a collaborative.
• Launching Initiatives. Chapter 2 provides information about selecting and beginning to implement quality improvement projects.
• Data and Measurement. Chapter 3 discusses the data that you will use to show the impact of your collaborative’s work, including how to select suitable measures and how to find data to support them.
• Quality Improvement Methods. Chapter 4 offers information about several models and tools often used to support quality improvement projects.
• Dissemination. Chapter 5 focuses on planning to make sure that different groups receive information about your collaborative and what it does.
• Sustainability. Chapter 6 aims to provide guidance on how to grow and sustain your collaborative’s work.
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