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Integrating Research and Quality Improvement Using TeamSTEPPS

A Health Team Communication Project to Improve Hospital Discharge

Beiler, Joseph, MS, RN, ACNS-BC; Opper, Kristi, MSN, RN; Weiss, Marianne, DNSc, RN

doi: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000417
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Purpose/Objectives: The purpose of this article is to describe an innovative approach to the integration of quality improvement and research processes. A project with the objective of improving health team communication about hospital discharge provides an exemplar case.

Description of the Project/Program: The TeamSTEPPS 10-step action planning guide provided the structure for planning, developing, and evaluating a redesign of interprofessional health team communication to improve hospital discharge led by 2 clinical nurse specialists. The redesign involved development of processes for team bedside rounding, registered nurse bedside shift reports, and briefing tools to support the rounding processes.

Outcome: Using the TeamSTEPPS process, a 4-phase combined quality improvement and research project was designed and implemented. Implementation is ongoing, supported by process evaluation for continuing process improvement. Longitudinal analysis of research outcomes will follow in the future.

Conclusions: Led by unit-based clinical nurse specialists, use of an integrated process of quality improvement and research creates evidence-based innovation to solve interprofessional practice problems. Incorporating research within the project design allows for data-based decisions to inform the clinical process improvement, as well as documentation of both the processes and outcomes of the local improvements that can inform replications in other sites.

Author Affiliations: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Froedtert Hospital (Mr Beiler and Ms Opper); and Professor, Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Dr Weiss).

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Joseph Beiler, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, Froedtert Hospital 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53226 (

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