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Many QI projects fail to achieve expected goals for a number of reasons. There are several factors to recognize when initiating a QI project such as involvement and engagement of your healthcare team and stakeholders1.

It’s imperative to start your QI project with leadership support, identify colleagues that should be on your team, identify workflows and gaps and use a QI process for data collection and ongoing re-assesment2.

One important QI barrier identified by a survey of acute care hospital senior managers responsible for QI is not having time and problems with staff prioritizing QI projects with other responsibilities3.

Having access to a QI specialist can help you with your preparation, planning and execution throughout your QI project to achieve your goals.

1. Silver SA, Harel Z, McQuillan R et al. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2016 May 6; 11(5): 893–900.

2. Zoutman DE & Ford BD. Int J Health Care Qual Assur. 2017 Feb 13;30(1):16-24.

3. Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative

Training Course Instructor:

Janel A Welch MS, MPA, RDN, CDN, FAND

Janel is a Registered Dietitian who has worked in food service, acute care, long-term care and community nutrition. She worked as a Clinical Nutrition Manager for over 10 years completing Master’s degrees in Nutrition Management and in Public Administration. Her interest in management and leadership progressed into further interest in process improvement in the healthcare environment. She completed training in Lean Six Sigma (LSS) for Yellow Belt and Green Belt certification within her organization. She then went onto obtaining her LSS Black Belt from Villanova University in 2014. Since then, she has worked on projects in acute care and long term care settings. Her project scopes include all areas of healthcare including but not limited to food and nutrition, clinical care, emergent care and patient support services within her organization. Currently she is the Director of Quality & Risk/ Corporate Compliance Officer for St. Ann’s Community in Rochester New York.

Janel A Welch MS, MPA, RDN, CDN, FAND