This course will explore the methodologies through which patient safety and quality improvement studies are designed and executed. Program evaluation includes identifying quality or safety deficits, examining the root causes for these deficits, examining interventions that could address the root causes for the deficits, engaging stakeholders to determine what they value, establishing the appropriate methods to implement and assess the fidelity of the intervention, selecting a feasible study design, determining what data to collect, collecting and analyzing the data, drawing the appropriate conclusions, and then communicating the results to stakeholders .
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Evaluate health services related to patient safety and quality in medication use
- Develop evaluation questions
- Design program evaluations and selection of optimal study design
- Explain threats to validity and reliability of measurement
- State sampling techniques
- Perform sample size determinations
- Identify appropriate data collection methods for program evaluations
- Identify data analysis techniques for program evaluations
- Interpret and determine the proper use of results
- Critique literature regarding program evaluations
*Please note that this syllabus is subject to change. Use the updated syllabus in Canvas as the official course syllabus.