From the AUA Science and Quality Council: Engage with Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (E-QIPS)

By: David Penson, MD, MPH, MMHC | Posted on: 01 Nov 2021

The AUA is excited to announce the launch of Engage with Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (E-QIPS). E-QIPS will highlight quality improvement and patient safety (QIPS) accomplishments, foster QIPS growth, encourage collaboration, and elevate urological care. E-QIPS will become the official repository for concise, step-by-step tutorials of tested urological practice improvement strategies that can be replicated and applied to a variety of practice settings to increase safety, efficacy, and efficiency of patient care.

“E-QIPS will become the official repository for concise, step-by-step tutorials of tested urological practice improvement strategies.”

This effort will be led by Dr. Justin Ziemba from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Kevan Sternberg from the University of Vermont, and Dr. Andrew Harris from the University of Kentucky with guidance from the AUA QIPS Committee and QIPS Chair, Dr. Matthew Nielsen from the University of North Carolina. However, we are looking to our larger urological community to begin building this repository. Initially, we will offer 2 types of submissions to E-QIPS: Guides and Works-In-Progress. Guides will detail successfully completed and tested practice improvement strategies or initiatives, while Works-In-Progress will feature practice improvement projects in the implementation phase to highlight this work and facilitate multi-institutional collaboration. Each E-QIPS submission will be peer-reviewed and formatted to follow a standard format to allow the urological health professional to understand the specific quality or safety problem, objectives, interventions, outcomes, impact, and sustainability for transfer and application to one’s own individual or group practice (see figure).

Figure. E-QIPS Guide: Using Lean Methodology to Increase Clinic Efficiency.
“We are looking to our larger urological community to begin building this repository.”

We invite all members of the urological community to showcase their QIPS initiatives by submitting a project. For further details on how to submit, or to view the currently available E-QIPS Guides and Works-In-Progress, please visit the E-QIPS website (https://www.auanet.org/practice-resources/patient-safety-and-quality-of-care/quality-improvement-resource-library/e-qips). We hope to make patient safety and quality improvement in urology a truly collaborative effort.

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