T1D EXCHANGE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
WHAT IS IT?
Quality Improvement (QI) is an approach to improve type 1 diabetes outcomes and care based on a model launched by the automotive industry and adapted for healthcare. Providers take evidence-based practices and test them incrementally in the clinic, without the time and high cost of instituting a formal clinical study. The results also inform the design of future clinical trials.
WHY DO IT?
Despite the surge of technology, outcomes for people with diabetes have not improved as anticipated and, in some cases, have gotten worse. The healthcare system is struggling to offer more with fewer resources. In some communities, people with diabetes are struggling to get even basic care and education. T1D Exchange Quality Improvement helps providers determine when and where care is not meeting the needs of people with type 1 diabetes and test ways to eliminate those gaps.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Providers from 10 diabetes centers formed the T1D Exchange Quality Improvement Collaborative. They come together to decide where and how to deploy, test, and refine a proposed means to improve care. They work through a T1D Exchange QI process that establishes and uses metrics to track success. Members then report experiences implementing improvements back to the Collaborative. T1D Exchange shares and scales the results, crafting tools and additional training.
Depression Screenings at Diabetes Clinics Dramatically Increase in T1D Exchange-Led Initiative
The T1D Exchange Learning Collaborative also uncovered that adult diabetes clinics were much less likely than pediatric clinics to offer psychological services.