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May 14, 2008

UI researchers receive grant to study hospital quality, leadership

Researchers in the University of Iowa College of Public Health have received a $458,939 grant from the Commonwealth Fund to help improve hospital quality through leadership assessment and intervention.

The UI investigators include Barry Greene, Ph.D., Thomas Vaughn, Ph.D., and Samuel Levey, Ph.D., all faculty members in the Department of Health Management and Policy. Researchers from Brandeis University and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania will also contribute to the project.

The project will use a new assessment instrument called the Hospital Leadership and Quality Assessment Tool to collect baseline information on hospital leadership performance. Researchers will then work with the national network of Medicare Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) to develop and implement a technical assistance protocol for improving leadership at low-performing hospitals.

An evaluation will determine whether hospitals implementing the protocol improved their performance on the leadership assessment as well as on quality-of-care measures. The QIOs will help disseminate the assessment tool and implement the intervention protocol to hospitals nationwide.

The Commonwealth Fund is an independent foundation working toward health policy reform and a high-performance health system.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 319-335-9647, debra-venzke@uiowa.edu