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Clinical Quality Assessment/Improvement

Select a diagnostic or procedural topic relevant to patient care that would be suitable for a quality assessment and improvement project. Prepare a three- to four-page paper in which you:

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  • Define the purpose or focus of the assessment process. (Ask: What are we trying to accomplish?)
  • Identify/develop at least four key indicators or parameters (performance measures) for the selected topic that provide data to support the purpose or focus of the assessment process. (Ask: What will tell us that a change is an improvement?) Use resources on this topic to help decide which indicators to use. Indicators may include, but are not limited to:
    • Admission criteria/suggested population
    • Continued-stay review criteria
    • History of illness
    • Lab values
    • Symptomatology/indications for the disease or procedure
    • Vital signs
    • Medications
    • Ongoing monitoring
    • Length of stay
    • Type of treatment
    • Complications/management of care
    • Comorbidities
    • Management (for example, of therapy or education)
    • Discharge planning

Your paper must:

  • Be three- to four-pages in length (excluding the title and reference pages and charts and graphs) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Include references for a minimum of three scholarly sources published within the past three years, in addition to your textbook.
  • Include a title page with the following:
  • Title of paper
  • Student’s name
  • Course name and number
  • Instructor’s name
  • Date submitted
  • Begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  • Address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  • Include a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  • Include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.