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Usefulness of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) Quality Improvement Self-assessment Tool After 1 Year

Farrell, Mary Beth MS, CNMT; Lally, Mary MS, CAE; Vermeiren, Frank MS, RT(R)(CV), RDCS

doi: 10.1097/QMH.0000000000000214

Background and objectives: The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) created a voluntary quality improvement (QI) tool that allows imaging facilities to self-assess and document the quality of imaging studies. This study aimed to evaluate users' perceptions of the effectiveness and usefulness of the new QI self-assessment tool.

Methods: The IAC's QI tool evaluates 4 quality measures: test appropriateness; technical quality/safety; interpretive quality; and report timeliness/completeness. A survey was appended to the tool to assess the perceived value.

Results: Between May 2016 and July 2017, a total of 829 facilities completed 5312 self-assessments. During that time, 936 respondents completed the survey. There was a high level of agreement that the tool is easy to use (91.8%), encouraged critical thinking (90.3%), and the activity was worthwhile (89.6%).

Conclusion: The results show that most respondents find value in using the voluntary IAC QI Self-assessment Tool. Respondents believed tool use encouraged critical thinking, and they were satisfied with the QI self-assessment process.

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, Ellicott City, Maryland.

Correspondence: Mary Beth Farrell, MS, CNMT, Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, 6021 University Ave, #500, Ellicott City, MD 20143 (

This work was previously presented as a poster at the American Board of Medical Specialties annual meeting in September 2017.

All authors are employees of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.

Disclosure: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

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