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Building the infrastructure to enhance QI research in the UAB Health System

Project Description: Using this award, we will integrate experts in design and analysis from the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE) into the planning phase of QI projects. The Planning Grant will be used to carry out the following 3 Aims: 1) convene an interdisciplinary team of health system and clinical leaders and health services researchers to evaluate barriers and facilitators to conducting QI research at UAB, and to review how other institutions have succeeded at QI-research partnerships; 2) informed by the results of Aim 1, design and implement strategies to integrate scientists early in the design phase of major QI initiatives; 3) evaluate the implementation of the new process and its success in facilitating QI research at UAB. This Planning Award will serve as the nidus to bring together scientists engaged in health services and QI research with Health System leaders in QI to enhance the Health System’s QI program and create ample opportunities for QI research. Our overall goal is to create an infrastructure that will bring the considerable health services research talent at UAB together with our Health System to more actively collaborate on QI projects, for the benefit of our patients and to advance the science of QI.

Primary contact: Monika M. Safford, M.D.; Endowed Professor of Medicine; Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education (CME)
Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

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