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Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI)
Involving the Public in Health Care Quality Measurement: A Study of NQF Nursing Sensitive Quality Measures
Presented by Shoshanna Sofaer, Dr.P.H. (Baruch College) and Jean Johnson, Ph.D. (The George Washington University), Principal Investigators
The GW School of Nursing, in partnership with Baruch College, held a special briefing of research findings from the project entitled: Developing and Testing Nursing Quality Measures with Consumers and Patients on June 11, 2009. The study focused on how consumers and patients respond to the 15 nursing sensitive quality measures endorsed (and currently under review by) the National Quality Forum. Measures which were easily understood by the public and which were not and those that were viewed as important and not important were discussed. The briefing described methods used to move toward measurement of a key aspect of quality - the coordination of care for hospital patients by nurses working with other health professionals. The project’s particular hope is to raise the issue of how to best involve consumers and patients in the process of deciding on what kind of quality measures should be publicly reported.
Rewarding Quality Nursing Care
In partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the GW School of Nursing initiated a project to respond to the risks and benefits of creating "pay-for-performance" models to incentivize high-quality nursing inpatient care. It also established foundational principles and short- and long-term strategies to accelerate the adoption of such programs.
The project assessed the state of incentive programs for nursing care quality and represent nursing on the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA). It also participated in selected activities of the National Quality Forum (NQF).
Project summary from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: How Transparency and Accountability Policy Directions Could Reflect the Contributions of Hospital Nurses