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Creating a Culture of Improvement: Experience of a Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Center

Britton, LaCrecia J. MSN, CPNP-AC/PC; Thrasher, Staci MSW, LGSW; Gutierrez, Hector MD

doi: 10.1097/01.NCQ.0000313759.33654.00
Article: Continuing Education

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 (

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

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.