ICAP Webinar: Improving Health Systems: Analysis of the Results from 27 Improvement Collaboratives in 12 Countries

On August 6, 2014, Dr. Lynne Miller Franco, Vice President of EnCompass LLC, presented a webinar sponsored by the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) on the multi-country evaluation of USAID-supported improvement collaboratives that was carried out by the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI).

The evaluation compared the results from 27 improvement collaboratives implemented under the USAID-funded Quality Assurance and Health Care Improvement projects from 1998-2008 to discern what kind of evidence they provided about the effectiveness of collaborative improvement in improving health outcomes and compliance with health care standards.   The recording of the webinar is available at: http://columbiauniversitymsph.adobeconnect.com/p4f75sxc78u/.

The collaborative improvement approach was designed by the US-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement to produce rapid, significant improvements in a targeted area of health care and has been widely applied in USAID-supported countries for over a decade.

In her presentation (see file attachment below), Dr. Franco explained the evaluation methodology, which looked at 135 time-series charts representing pooled data from over 1,300 improvement teams of health care providers in 12 countries. She described the key evaluation findings in terms of magnitude, speed, and maintenance of improvement and discussed the implications of the study for health care improvement efforts, especially in low-resource settings. 

The Quality Improvement Webinar series is supported by the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health as part of its support to the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention’s Quality Improvement Training program, which is supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. 

The full report on the HCI collaboratives evaluation is available at: https://www.usaidassist.org/sites/assist/files/results_of_collaborative_improvement_2009_0_0.pdf.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 09:00
ICAP - Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
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