Quality Improvement Change Assessment (QICA) of Practices’ Heart Health Care Capacity

Resource: Quality Improvement Change Assessment (QICA)

Practice facilitators and researchers can use this tool to assess primary care practices’ capacity to make changes needed to implement heart health evidence. The QICA identifies areas for improvement and, when completed at regular intervals, tracks practice transformation progress. Instructions for how to use and score the QICA are available here (163 KB, PDF). The QICA assesses the following high leverage changes:

  • Embed clinical evidence on heart health strategies regarding aspirin use by high-risk individuals, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation into daily work to guide care for patients.
  • Utilize reliable, robust data to understand and improve ABCS measures.
  • Establish a regular quality improvement process involving cross-functional teams.
  • Identify at-risk patients for prevention outreach.
  • Define roles and responsibilities across the care team to identify and manage tasks.
  • Develop robust linkages to smoking cessation, chronic disease self-management, and other evidence-based community resources.

Institution of origin: Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

File size and format: 384 KB, PDF

# of pages: 7

Target audience(s): Practice Facilitators, Quality Improvement Professionals, Clinicians, Practice Staff, Practice Leaders, Researchers

Copyright information and permissions: © 2016 Healthy Hearts Northwest. Posted with permission by Healthy Hearts Northwest.

Individuals wishing to use the QICA for non-commercial, non-profit, educational, or personal use are free to do so. Commercial use of the QICA requires a written license from Kaiser Permanente. Please contact Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute if you would like to create a modified version of the QICA or need to request a written license. Copyright of the content, information and materials in this website is owned by Healthy Hearts Northwest, © 2013 – 2018 with support from The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Acknowledgements: This resource was abbreviated from the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative by Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Healthy Hearts Northwest, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality EvidenceNOW Initiative.

Publication date: 2016

Go to Practice Facilitation Skills for Working with Practices to find more tools for practice facilitators.

Go to the EvidenceNOW: Evaluation Measures page to learn more about measures researchers used in evaluating EvidenceNOW.

Page last reviewed July 2019
Page originally created October 2018
Internet Citation: Quality Improvement Change Assessment (QICA) of Practices’ Heart Health Care Capacity. Content last reviewed July 2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. https://www.ahrq.gov/evidencenow/tools/facilitation/qica.html
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