Quality improvement (QI) efforts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham/Children's Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Center began in the spring of 2004, with a collaborative sponsored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. As the authors gained experience with QI processes, significant system changes ensued. In this article, we describe how the center created a culture of improvement that has resulted in significant improvements in clinical outcomes in our patient population.
UAB Cystic Fibrosis Center/Children's Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama.
Corresponding Author: LaCrecia J. Britton, MSN, CPNP-AC/PC, UAB Cystic Fibrosis Center/Children's Hospital, Suite 620 ACC, 1600 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors have no conflict of interest.
This work was supported in part by a grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Bethesda, Maryland.
Accepted for publication: July 5, 2007