Successful companies use quality improvement methods to create safer and better products. Today, health organizations are using similar methods to improve the quality of care they provide.
To inspire action and strengthen partnerships, the Foundation provides care center data for key health measures for each of its accredited care centers. These include:
- Lung function as measured by FEV1% predicted;
- Nutritional status as measured by body mass index or BMI;
- Percent of people with CF screened for CF-related diabetes (CFRD); and
- Percent of people with CF who had the recommended four clinic visits, one sputum or throat culture and two lung function tests (PFT) per year.
The data is a tool for people with CF, their families and care centers to work together to improve CF care. However, this data only tells part of the story. It is important for you and your care center to become partners and take action to improve your or your child's care.
When people with CF and their families partner with their care center staff — quality always improves.
The Foundation has created a Quality Improvement Toolkit. Like the care center health data, this toolkit is to help people with CF, their families and care centers become successful partners in improving the quality of CF care.
To learn more about quality improvement in CF care, watch the Webcast, "One Team's Story: Raising the Bar of CF Care," "Quality CF Care is More Than the Numbers," "Partnering for Improvement" and the "Partnering for Care" series. Plus, you can read "It's All About Suzy: Quality Improvement in CF Care" and the Patient Registry Report.
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