This symposium, held September 13-15, 2005, reviewed a range of quality improvement interventions (QIIs) and the critical questions that arise in evaluation of these interventions, identified the strengths, weaknesses, and tradeoffs of alternative designs and methods for evaluating QIIs, and suggested strategies to facilitate possible changes in funding mechanisms, review processes, research and publication standards, and research training to help accelerate the development and spread of reliable QII research methods.
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Summary of the Presentations
Description of the Meeting Format
Expanding Research and Evaluation Designs for Quality Improvement Interventions
An Integrated Model for Improvement: Implications for Study Design
Meeting Purposes and Process Revisited
Session I. Case Studies: QII at the Clinical Microsystem Level
Session II. Research Evaluation Designs for QII at the Health "Plan" Level
Session III. QII at the Multiple Clinical Systems Level: Improving Chronic Illness Care Evaluation
Session IV. QII at the State/Regional Level
Summary of the Recommendations
Reports from the Homogeneous Breakout Groups
Research Training Directors' Recommendations
Design Experts' Recommendations
Peer Reviewers' and Journal Editors' Recommendations
Reports from the Heterogeneous Breakout Groups
Next Steps, Parting Remarks
The Core Planning Group
Prepared by Barbara DeVinney for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality under a subcontract to Contract No. 290-01-0001 with Cygnus Corporation, Inc.
Current as of March 2009
Expanding Research and Evaluation Designs to Improve the Science Base for Health Care and Public Health Quality Improvement Symposium. Summary of a meeting held September 13-15, 2005. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/phqisymp/