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Accelerating Improvement in Children's Healthcare Through Quality Improvement Collaboratives

PIPSQC is pleased to highlight the recent publication in Current Treatment Options in Pediatrics, entitled "Accelerating Improvement in Children's Healthcare Through Quality Improvement Collaboratives: a Synthesis of Recent Efforts."

The publication is available online at:


Purpose of review:
Quality improvement collaboratives can accelerate quality improvement and patient safety efforts. We reviewed major pediatric quality improvement collaboratives that have published results in the past 5 years and discussed common success factors and barriers encountered by these collaboratives.

Recent findings:
Many pediatric quality improvement collaboratives are active in neonatal, cystic fibrosis, congenital heart disease, hematology/oncology, chronic kidney disease, rheumatology, critical care, and general pediatric care.

Factors important to the success of these pediatric quality improvement collaboratives include data sharing and communication, trust among institutions, financial support, support from national organizations, use of a theoretical framework to guide collaboration, patient and family involvement, and incentives for participation at both the individual and institutional levels. Common barriers encountered by these collaboratives include insufficient funding or resources, legal concerns, difficulty coming to consensus on best practices and outcome measures, and overcoming cultural barriers to change. Learning from the successes and challenges encountered by these collaboratives will enable the pediatric healthcare quality improvement community to continue to evolve this approach to maximize benefits to children.