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Using Local Data to Improve Care and Collaborative Practice: Insights From a Qualitative Study

Jeffs, Lianne, PhD, RN, FAAN; McShane, Julie, RN, MN; Indar, Alyssa, RN, BScN; Maione, Maria, RN, MN

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000274

A qualitative study was undertaken to explore the experiences and perceptions of project leaders, clinicians, managers, and mentors associated with the implementation of a strategy aimed at enhancing clinicians' ability to use data to guide quality improvement projects. Our study findings elucidated the value and benefits including (1) using data to understand local context and move forward and (2) improving care and engaging in collaborative professional practice.

St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Correspondence: Lianne Jeffs, PhD, RN, FAAN, St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON M5B 1W8, Canada (

The authors acknowledge the project leaders, mentors, managers, and point-of-care nurses who participated in this study, and thank the research assistants for their contribution to conducting the focus groups and interviews.

This work was supported by the Province of Ontario through their research grants program (grant 06508A). The opinions, results, and conclusions in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect that of the Province.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Accepted for publication: May 1, 2017

Published ahead of print: June 23, 2017

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