CQI can be done individually (e.g. assessing your prescribing), by participating in a clinic group practice change (e.g. changing office processes to increase efficiency or access), or through a systems-level project (e.g. participating as a local leader in a multi-site, patient outcome initiative). Here are the basics to help you get started:
- Understand your practice through the use of objective data. For example:
- Review triplicate prescribing data through MD Snapshot-Prescribing.
- Identify and reflect on risk factors through your MD Snapshot-Practice Checkup.
- Evaluate your clinic’s screening or processes (such as third next appointment availability) by looking at your EMR data.
- Regularly study the Health Quality Council of Alberta’s panel reports or Alberta Health Services’ dashboard metrics.
- To get a clearer understanding of your practice, try assessing it by taking advantage of CPSA’s many competence tools:
- Use CPSA’s Standards of Practice as a benchmark to reflect on your practice and consider working with us if you’d like to make improvements.
- If you’re part of a group practice, strengthen and enhance it through our Group Practice Review.
- Complete a self-assessment to identify areas for improvement, such as a review of patient record content.
- Once you’ve successfully reviewed and assessed your practice, use this information to identify opportunities for practice improvements. Then create an action plan to address gaps.
- Once you’ve executed your plan, evaluate its success using quality improvement methodology and determine your next steps.