Patient Safety Highlights 2018 - Harnessing Implementation Science Lessons to Guide Impactful Quality Improvement: Bridging the Gap

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Credits Available: CME, Patient Safety

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Implementation science links research and practice, aiming to improve and promote the integration of research-based knowledge into real-world settings.  It seeks to understand the behavior of healthcare professionals and other stakeholders as a key variable in the sustainable dissemination, adoption, and implementation of evidence-based interventions.  The intent of implementation science is to investigate the bottlenecks that impede effective implementation, test new approaches to improve healthcare delivery, as well as determine a causal relationship between interventions and their impact. The primary goal of this session will be to introduce the key principles of implementation science as applied to perioperative quality improvement. Note: Panelist Dr. Steven Asch is an expert in implementation science who is Director of Center for Innovation to Implementation at VA Palo Alto and Professor at Stanford. He is local and therefore agreed to speak specifically at ASA San Francisco.

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The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® and MOCA® are registered certification marks of The American Board of Anesthesiology®

This activity contributes to the patient safety CME requirement for Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®), known as MOCA 2.0. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.

Disclaimer: The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition.

Activity Release Date: 2/6/19

Activity Expiration Date: 2/7/22

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to: 
  • Define central concepts in implementation science (efficacy, effectiveness, population health, diffusion of innovation and motivational behavior theories, CFIR, PARiHS and RE-AIM frameworks, sustainability, dissemination, mixed-methods research).
  • Identify opportunities for the application of implementation science in patient safety research.
  • Compare how principles of implementation science were applied to examples of successful perioperative quality improvement projects including emergency manuals, handoffs, and a proactive quality safety committee.
  • Apply mitigation strategies to common implementation pitfalls to improve program sustainability and dissemination.
All members of the anesthesia care team.
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Patient Safety Highlights 2018 - Harnessing Implementation Science Lessons to Guide Impactful Quality Improvement: Bridging the Gap
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