First part: 350 words
You are the administrator for cardiovascular services and you have been asked by Alice Silvestry, the Director of Quality Management, to provide input into a quality improvement project involving your area. Of particular interest is the data collection process and whether data should be obtained on a prospective or retrospective basis. Your facility already collects and reports an enormous amount of data for other quality initiatives and you are a bit concerned about the resources required to pursue yet another project.
Prepare a brief report detailing your concerns about the data collection process in general and the prospective versus retrospective collection technique in particular. You have recently read several articles on the topic (see the links above) and you were struck by the comments made in the section titled “Methodological Challenges in Quantifying Healthcare Quality” in the Circulation journal article. You also found the section on “The Six Challenges of Today’s Performance Measurement Data Collection and Reporting Environment” on page 7 of the AHRQ document very informative.
Based on your readings, write a report that includes the following:
- Identify at least three issues that are important considerations when beginning any type of data collection activity.
- Identify at least two strengths and at least two weaknesses of using a prospective data collection technique.
- Identify at least two strengths and at least two weaknesses of using a retrospective data collection technique.
- Provide a recommendation on whether to use a prospective or retrospective data collection process and rationale for your recommendation.
Second Part 250 words
you provided your recommendation to the Director of Quality Management (Ms. Alice Silvestry) regarding how to proceed with data collection. You are now a member of the newly formed Cardiovascular Quality Improvement Team. The team is seeking input on how best to ensure the accuracy and consistency of data that are being collected. You decide to write a memo to the team detailing your opinion on the issues of validity and reliability (accuracy and consistency).
Based on your readings from Assignment 5.1, as well as the Kimberlin and Winterstein article, write a memo to Ms. Silvestry that includes the following:
- An overview of why the issues of validity and reliability are so important to your data collection efforts
- A recommendation on how best to monitor and ensure the accuracy and consistency of the data being collected
- A rationale for your recommendation
Nagurney J. T., Brown D. F., Sane S., Weiner J. B., Wang A. C., & Chang Y. (2005). The accuracy and completeness of data collected by prospective and retrospective methods
- The Foundation of Research and Education of the American Health Information Management Association and the Medical Group Management Association Center for Research. (2006). Collecting and reporting data for performance measurement: Moving toward alignment
- American Heart Association. (2000). Measuring and improving quality of care: A report from the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology first scientific forum on assessment of healthcare quality in cardiovascular disease and stroke. Circulation, 101(12), 1483-1493. Retrieved from https://doi-org.proxy.library.ohio.edu/10.1161/01.CIR.101.12.1483