ASHP's Mentored Quality Improvement Impact ProgramSM provides customized mentoring to selected groups on a specific topic, such as antimicrobial stewardship, insulin pen safety, venous thromboembolism, immunizations, and other quality improvement initiatives. Just as implementing quality improvement activities in healthcare requires a team approach that engages professionals across the healthcare system, the Mentored Quality Improvement Impact ProgramSM is developed with an interprofessional audience in mind.
Selection of Participating Sites
Applicants assemble an interprofessional team and complete an online application. Sites are selected by ASHP and mentors from a nationwide pool of applicants. As part of the application process, each site commits to collect predetermined baseline and post-implementation data and to conduct quality improvement activities designed to accelerate changes that lead to improved patient care. An Applicant Agreement signed by both the team leader and hospital leadership is required to complete the application process to demonstrate that hospital leadership supports participation in the quality improvement initiative and will facilitate its success.
Mentoring may be conducted either virtually via web conferences or in-person at scheduled intervals. If in-person, an interdisciplinary mentor team (such as pharmacist-physician experts) conducts an onsite visit to discuss the proposed areas of improvement and assess specific challenges and opportunities. Baseline data are collected by participating sites and reviewed by the faculty mentors who share strategies for conducting quality improvement activities and overcoming potential barriers.
Quality Improvement Activities and Outcomes
Following the site visit, participants implement recommendations and track data on the effectiveness of their changes for the duration of the mentored project, typically one year.
At the conclusion of the mentored activity, participating sites collect post-implementation data to assess effects of the quality improvement efforts and submit a final report to ASHP. Success stories and lessons learned are shared widely with other healthcare professionals through a variety of channels, including continuing education activities in a virtual poster format, published manuscripts, online resource centers, and news reports.