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Massive Open Online Course, "Practical Improvement Science"
IHI and HarvardX  are about to launch the second offering of our MOOC (Massive Open Online Course),"Practical Improvement Science,"  on January 18.  In addition to the lessons on basic improvement skills and tools, there’s a new section on inter-professional team building and teamwork, a new trailer that emphasizes how these skills can lead to professional opportunities and advancement, and some other tweaks to make it even more engaging. The first offering was  quite successful, with nearly 12,000 enrolled and a rate of completion about 3X the MOOC average.

The course is designed to deliver practical improvement skills and tools suitable for all levels of care and service, including the front line.  As courses go, it’s a relatively light lift with about 7 hours of viewing over 7 weeks, and the MOOC can be accessed at any time during this period. The homework is mainly related to a personal improvement project.  This is not a course reserved for just QI staff or middle managers. Note that the course is FREE, but a certificate has a modest fee for those who want a formal credential.

https://www.edx.org/course/ph556x-practical-improvement-science-harvardx-ph556x-0

 

SQUIRE Reviewer Checklist
This is a simple tool for authors, reviewers, and editors.  Authors may use this to document the guideline items that are covered in a manuscript.  Reviewers or editors may use this to check the inclusion and completeness of SQUIRE guideline items.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School of Health Professions Global Call
Greg Ogrinc, MD, MS, was lead faculty on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School of Health Professions Global call on January 22, 2016.  On the WebEx session, he reviewed the need for writing about improvement, introduced the SQUIRE 2.0 guidelines, and led the group through an analysis of a published article.  You can watch the recording of the session here on the IHI Open School website!

How can reporting be improved?
The successful spread and adoption of improvements across multiple settings depends on full and accurate descriptions of quality improvement (QI) interventions. Poor reporting frustrates improvement in healthcare systems because it makes it hard to determine the components and mechanisms of the intervention under study and threatens the ability to replicate in other settings. Read More...  

Teaching about systems thinking in your QI curriculum?  
The Systems Thinking Scale (STS) from CWRU School of Nursing can you evaluate your learners’ progress.  https://fpb.case.edu/SystemsThinking/manual.shtm

 


 

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