Quality Improvement Plan For The Elderly With Dementia And Other Forms Of Cognitive Impairment

1413 WordsApr 24, 20166 Pages
Quality Measurement and Assessment Healthcare organizations throughout Canada are focusing more and more on the delivery of quality care to its patients and families. However, it is not enough to simply state this dedication, it must be proven with a plan that outlines clear aims, targets, and initiatives that implement evidence-based research (Sadeghi, Barzi, Mikhail, & Shabot, 2013). The purpose of this paper is to outline a quality improvement plan to address the rates of worsening pain in the elderly with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment in the Veterans Centre (VC) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Introduction to Quality Improvement Plan Before any quality improvement plan (QIP) can be developed, the overall aim of the project must be determined to ensure the QIP stays on track. This includes deciding what is going to be measured, what the current baseline is, what the target will be and a timeline for accomplishing the goal (Health Quality Ontario, n.d.). Thus, the aim for this QIP is to reduce the rate of worsened pain in the VC from the current value of 20.2% of residents with worsened pain by 1% by the next quarter by educating nurses on the correct way to assess and document pain in the electronic system. Sunnybrook’s mission, vision, and values are the “foundation for [the] organization’s identity” (Sadeghi, Barzi, Mikhail, & Shabot, 2013, p. 172) and serve as guiding principles in the delivery of quality care and quality improvement. As
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