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International quality improvement initiatives

  • Patricia A. Hickey (a1) (a2), Jean A. Connor (a1) (a2), Kotturathu M. Cherian (a3), Kathy Jenkins (a2) (a4), Kaitlin Doherty (a4), Haibo Zhang (a5) (a6), Michael Gaies (a7) (a8), Sara Pasquali (a7) (a8), Sarah Tabbutt (a9) (a10), James D. St. Louis (a11), George E. Sarris (a12), Hiromi Kurosawa (a13), Richard A. Jonas (a14), Nestor Sandoval (a15), Christo I. Tchervenkov (a16), Jeffery P. Jacobs (a17), Giovanni Stellin (a18), James K. Kirklin (a19), Rajnish Garg (a20) and David F. Vener (a21) (a22)...

Across the globe, the implementation of quality improvement science and collaborative learning has positively affected the care and outcomes for children born with CHD. These efforts have advanced the collective expertise and performance of inter-professional healthcare teams. In this review, we highlight selected quality improvement initiatives and strategies impacting the field of cardiovascular care and describe implications for future practice and research. The continued leveraging of technology, commitment to data transparency, focus on team-based practice, and recognition of cultural norms and preferences ensure the success of sustainable models of global collaboration.

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Correspondence to: P. A. Hickey, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Boston Children’s Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115, United States of America. Tel: +617 355 3021; Fax: 617-730-7548; E-mail:
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