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The Educational Impact of Implementing National Quality Registries in Sweden—A National Collaboration Project

Peterson, Anette PhD; Hedberg, Berith PhD; Fredholm Ståhl, Ylva PhD

doi: 10.1097/QMH.0000000000000229
Original Research

Background and Objectives: There is a need for improved clinical outcomes, and a useful tool in this endeavor is the use of National Quality Registries (NQRs). To learn more about the impact of NQRs, a National Collaboration Project was formed. This follow-up study had 2 aims: first, to describe the value and learning of a National Collaboration Project focusing on the use of NQRs in collaboration between universities, health care organizations, and the regional registry centers; and, second, to describe what activities are still ongoing.

Method: A qualitative design was used to obtain a detailed description of the extent to which project leaders perceived that the goals had been achieved after participation in the national project. A qualitative descriptive content analysis was performed.

Results: Four main categories were found. The context proved to be crucial for how the local projects were formed and developed. Networking was highlighted as an important part of learning. Another mentioned part of learning was the change planned and implemented in the curriculum to promote the use of NQRs. Finally, the importance of anchoring and spreading the lessons learned was also stressed.

Conclusion: Using NQRs in multidisciplinary education is successful in many ways, but this study shows that certain factors need to be in place to make it work in practice.

Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare (Drs Peterson and Hedberg) and Department of Nursing (Dr Fredholm Ståhl), School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden; and Region Jönköping County, Futurum, Sweden (Dr Peterson).

Correspondence: Anette Peterson, PhD, Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Box 1024, 55111 Jönköping, Sweden (

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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