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NICHQ News February 2016
5 Tips for Testing to Optimize
Your Next PDSA Cycle

The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle is a fundamental tool in the quality improvement tool belt. PDSA cycles are used to test, implement and spread change ideas in a systematic way. Here are five field-tested tips to optimize your next PDSA cycle.
  QI Tips: PDSA Cycles

Being Small Has Advantages for Hospitals Adopting the Ten Steps
Turns out, size may not matter. Small rural hospitals in New York State are experiencing as much, if not more, success in implementing evidenced-based practices to improve maternity care services as their bigger suburban and urban counterparts. 

  Mom Breastfeeding Newborn

States Use Home Visiting Program to Spread Safe Sleep Message
The growing demand for maternal and child health services and support, coupled with stagnant or shrinking resources, is causing state health departments to find creative ways to do more with less. Many states are leveraging home visiting programs to spread safe sleep messages, a key component of infant mortality reduction efforts.
  Asian Baby Sleeping On Back

How and Why to Support a Culture of Patient Partnership
To support a culture of partnership and engagement across the care spectrum, patient/family partners can't be limited to improvement committees in the acute care or chronic care environment, says guest blogger Tara Bristol Rouse. An emphasis must be put on promoting partnerships during well-visit and sick-visit interactions. 
  Tara Bristol

Moms Deserve Better Care in the Fourth Trimester
In the weeks following childbirth, mothers must adapt to plunging hormones, recover from birth and learn how to feed and care for a new infant. Amid these challenges, moms receive minimal support from the healthcare system. Guest blogger Alison Stuebe shares why moms need more support in the weeks following birth. 
  Alison Stuebe

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