Saturday, May 21, 2022

REMINDER Free Online Continuing Education Opportunity about Quality Improvement in O&P

Stefania Fatone


Researchers at the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC) and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) have created an online, continuing education opportunity for all certified orthotists and prosthetists in the United States. Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN, (Clinical Research Scientist, CROR, RIC) presents a free, educational module entitled Quality Improvement: What Is It and How Do We Use It? This 15-minute presentation has been approved by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) for 0.5 continuing education credit. To receive credit, learners are required to pass a 10-question quiz and complete a course evaluation at the end of the presentation.

Content includes a description of the benefits of continuous quality improvement efforts and step-by-step instruction on implementing such a project. Quality improvement initiatives have the potential to improve patient service, increase clinician and support staff effectiveness, and minimize cost by continuously identifying areas for targeted improvement. The outcome of such efforts can lead to improved patient satisfaction with clinical services and products, improved function, and, ultimately, improved quality of life.

ABC has implemented 10 Performance Management and Improvement Standards for organizational accreditation. These standards direct organizations to use surveys to document patient satisfaction; assess the results; create a performance management plan to address deficiencies; and review the plan at least annually.

Learners will be introduced to an example survey, the Orthotics and Prosthetics Users’ Survey (OPUS), which is used to monitor patient functional status, health-related quality of life, and satisfaction with lower-extremity devices and clinical services. OPUS is an instrument that can be used to track patients’ feedback over the course of their treatment by collecting patient data at admission, at device delivery, and again at a later follow-up.

If you would like to register for the free 0.5 Continuing Education credit; or if you would like to learn more about using the OPUS, please contact Lauri Connelly, Clinical Research Coordinator: [email protected] or call (312) 238-1405.


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