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Measurement and Evaluation in Quality and Safety

3rd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Jill Marsteller

Knowledge is power, and nowhere is that more true than in improving healthcare quality and safety. Measuring processes and performance in quality and safety is a critical element in addressing problems and ensuring the best possible care for all patients. Without appropriate evaluation, we will never know whether an improvement actually worked, or why. Join this course to learn how to measure and evaluate quality and safety initiatives.

Provides an overview of principles of good measurement and introduces applied evaluation methods for real world patient safety and quality improvement efforts that seek to implement evidence-based healthcare. Familiarizes students with important factors that influence success or failure in improvement efforts. Discusses implementation concepts and social and cultural phenomena and how to measure them. Prepares students to conduct initial data gathering, analysis and reporting in the Measurement Lab course.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate studies or study plans for different kinds of reliability and validity
  2. Enumerate and detail common measures of context, implementation and outcomes in QI
  3. Communicate the importance of environmental, organizational, group, provider, task, work system, implementation and patient influences on outcomes
  4. Assess strengths and weaknesses of designs for testing success of QI/PS interventions
  5. Describe operational steps to conduct robust data collection and analysis (quantitative and qualitative)
  6. Define and describe remedies for common problems in QI/PS studies
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation: 40%, Module quizzes: 30%, Group papers: 30%
- Midterm: 10%
- Final: 20%

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students in MAS in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality

Instructor Consent:

No consent required