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The Development of Quality Indicators for High Acuity Pediatric Conditions: Challenges in the Translation of Knowledge into Performance Measurement Antonia Stang MDCM MBA MSc Assistant Professor University of Calgary Departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences
Disclosure I do not have an affiliation (financial or otherwise) with any commercial organization that may have a direct or indirect connection to the content of my presentation.
“If we want healthy citizens-as opposed to citizens who have ready access to sickness care-we need a profound philosophical shift in what we should expect from medical professionals. We need to reward and incent quality, not quantity” Andre Picard, Globe and Mail, March 20, 2012
Background Quality of Care: “the degree to which health services for individuals increases the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge” (Institute of Medicine)
Background Quality Indicators: explicitly defined and measurable items pertaining to the structures, processes or outcomes of care –Structures: staff, equipment, physical layout of the department, laboratory and diagnostic imaging resources –Processes: interactions between professionals and patients –Outcomes: mortality, morbidity, patient satisfaction, quality of life
Quality Indicator Uses Improve health care and outcomes Benchmark performance Set minimum standards of care Improve efficiency Accountability Transparency Research Pay-for-Performance
What Makes a Good Measure? Impact, Opportunity, Evidence— Important to Measure and Report Reliability and Validity—Scientific Acceptability of Measure Properties Usability Feasibility National Quality Forum Measure Evaluation Criteria
Objectives To review methods for involving stakeholders in the indicator development process. To discuss the application of GRADE (the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) in indicator development and selection. To describe the challenges in developing and testing broadly applicable performance measures for high impact, relatively low frequency, conditions.
Study Objective to use a systematic process involving multiple stakeholders to develop evidence based quality of care indicators for pediatric conditions requiring high acuity ED care.
Research Team Antonia Stang MD MBA MSC, Principal Investigator Astrid Guttmann MD MSc, Co-Investigator David Johnson MD, Co-Investigator Sharon Straus MD MSc, Co-Investigator Lisa Hartling MSc PhD, Collaborator/methodological expert Francois Belanger MD, Collaborator/decision maker Angelo Mikrogianakis MD, Collaborator/decision maker Jen Crotts RN, Research Assistant Janie Williamson RN, Pediatric Emergency Research Team Coordinator
Funding Funded by an operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Rationale Lack of research on quality indicators specific to the pediatric population. Quality measures that are part of pediatric emergency medicine practice have not been systematically validated. Performance measures specific to pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine have been identified as a research priority.
Stakeholder Involvement Goals: –to represent different stakeholder perspectives –to incorporate scientific evidence and expert opinion
Stakeholder Involvement Systematic methods to combine expert opinion and medical evidence –Consensus development conferences –Guideline based –Delphi technique –Nominal group technique –RAND/UCLA appropriateness method
Phase 1 Condition Selection 32 Member advisory panel Data on the main diagnosis for high acuity (resuscitation and emergent at triage) pediatric patients (age 0-19 yrs) seen in all EDs in Ontario and Alberta. Criteria for Condition Selection; –importance (morbidity or mortality) –impact (potential to address gap between current and best practice) –validity (adequacy of scientific evidence linking performance of care to patient outcome)
Phase 1: Condition Selection Table 1: High Acuity (Resuscitation and Emergent ) Pediatric visits in 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 for all EDs in Ontario and Alberta for Selected Conditions
Phase 2: Indicator Development Systematic Review of the Literature for each condition –Existing Indicators –High quality national and international guidelines (AGREE), Systematic Reviews (AMSTAR), Randomized Controlled Trials Criteria for Indicator Development –High quality evidence linking care structure or process to patient outcome –Strongly recommended –Consistency across guidelines
GRADE Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation 1-Very low quality: Any estimate of effect is very uncertain 2-Low quality: Further research is very likely to have an important impact on our confidence in the estimate of effect and is likely to change the estimate 3-Moderate Quality: Further research is likely to have an important impact on our confidence in the estimate of effect and may change the estimate 4-High Quality: Further research is very unlikely to change our confidence in the estimate of effect
Challenges using GRADE Subjective Lack of concordance between guidelines Time consuming Requires substantial knowledge of clinical condition and research methodology Variable inter-rater reliability
Phase 3: Indicator Selection Expert Panel Process: 2 rounds of a web-based survey and a face-to-face meeting Indicators were selected based on two criteria rated on a scale of 1(strongly agree) to 9 (strongly disagree): –Relevance –Impact Indicators rated ≥7 on both criteria by 70% of panelists were retained
Relevance Impact IndicatorTypeSourceGRADENumeratorDenominator % of patients with anaphylaxis with documentation of specialist referral P25, 26, Number or patients with anaphylaxis with documentation of specialist referral including primary MD follow-up for referral, or documentation of existing specialist relationship Total number of patients with anaphylaxis (based on ICD- 10 codes)
Challenges in Indicator Development Lack of high quality evidence on the link between treatment/processes and outcomes, particularly in the pediatric setting Difficulty in identifying performance measures applicable to all settings
"The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them." George Bernard Shaw
Phase 4:Data Collection *Based on ICD-10 code
Diabetic Ketoacidosis *Includes only visits with fluids or insulin started in study ED
Anaphylaxis * for food and insect sting induced reactions
Feasibility and Reliability *Number of ED visits based on ICD-10 code
Challenges in Indicator Testing Feasibility and Reliability –Retrospective –Proper diagnosis is in itself a quality issue –Accuracy of ICD -10 codes –Cost/effort of data collection Small and variable sample size
Lessons Learned Allow ample time for systematic review and evidence grading Composition of expert panel is key Need an experienced moderator Formal qualitative analysis of expert panel meeting Include patient/care-giver perspective
Next Step Multicentre data collection on select high acuity indicators combined with existing pediatric and emergency department performance measures –Reliability and feasibility testing –Process to outcome link
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