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Improvement Science webinars

The Health Foundation runs improvement science webinars focusing on important issues for the emerging community of improvement science academics, clinicians and managers in healthcare. Webinars are delivered by members of the Health Foundation’s International Development Group for Improvement Science and are reproduced on this website with permission.

Find out more information on the The Health Foundation’s Improvement Science webinars.

The benefits and challenges of evaluating improvements

Dr Laura Leviton addresses the concept of ‘evaluability assessment’ and  Professor Nick Barber talks about measurement and the challenges of evaluating new technologies which aim to improve healthcare.

Note: Unfortunately there are some issues with the sound during Laura’s presentation at the beginning. These sound issues were resolved further in to the webinar.

Where in the world is improvement science? (October 2012)

Professors Ross Baker and Naomi Fulop present the results of their wide-ranging scan of research centres based in academic and healthcare institutions.

 

What is improvement science and why does it matter in healthcare? (July 2012)

Four of the Foundation’s Improvement Science Fellows – Davina Allen, Tim Draycott, Julie Reed and Carl Macrae – talk to Bill Lucas about the emerging field of improvement science.

Heterogeneity is not always noise (March 2012)

Dr Frank Davidoff explores how, in quality improvement work, results are not just about the intervention itself. Traditional methodologies to test clinical interventions, such as randomised double blind trial, therefore need to be re-assessed in relation to improvement science.

Achieving synergy between designing & reporting quality improvement projects (January 2012)

Dr Kaveh Shojania looks at successfully designing and usefully reporting improvement initiatives, including consideration of several often overlooked principles. The single most commonly overlooked principle is matching the solution to the problem.

How to write about quality and get published (November 2011)

Mary Dixon-Woods explores how to write up your research/improvement project for publication. Offering tips on academic writing and structuring papers, she shows how to make your manuscript interesting, engaging, and clear. She also looks at how to target specific journals, and how to respond to referees’ comments.

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