Study Reveals Impact of Housestaff Quality Council on Healthcare Quality

A housestaff quality council, formed to engage residents in quality improvement efforts, could significantly boost patient safety, according to a study published in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.


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In 2008, New York-Presbyterian Hospital created and implemented a housestaff quality council, which is led by residents. The council's other members include anesthesiologists, quality and patient safety leaders, the Office of Graduate Medical Education and senior leadership. The council, in partnership with other hospital departments, collaborated on two quality improvement projects focused on medication reconciliation and use of the electronic medical record.

The collaboration led to significant improvements and the introduction of other quality improvement projects, including hand hygiene compliance, infection prevention and patient hand-offs. The authors concluded a resident-led quality improvement council could serve as an important supplement to other patient safety efforts.

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