UWNQC Purpose

Acquire, analyze and utilize perinatal data to identify, prioritize, and select maternal and neonatal evidence-based health improvement initiatives for implementation. UWNQC employs a modified version of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) Breakthrough Series Model (BTS). This method is based on improvement science as well as continuing education principles and adult learning. It was designed to overcome barriers and to accelerate translation of evidence into practice by engaging multiple teams to learn from each other and from recognized experts to make improvements in a specific topic area. Specifically, the BTS promotes use of rapid Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles, in which teams are taught to address problems as they arise by testing interventions and subsequent modifications in small steps to achieve desired change.

UWNQC brings teams together in face-to-face sessions to review individual and aggregate data, learn from teams that have been successful at making changes and achieving improved outcomes, and with expert guidance, apply the IHI Model-for-Improvement to test specific strategies.