What are your priorities?

The paediatric healthcare community provided another shiningexample of how well we work together for a common cause.  In a 2 day workshop following the 2012 CAPHC Conference in Vancouver a multi disciplinary group representing community, tertiary, rehab and homecare provider organizations, came together to reach consensus on priority areas for paediatric practice guideline development, implementation and evaluation.

Using the results of a survey to the CAPHC member organizations as a baseline and considering specific criteria the workshop participants agreed on the following priority areas:

  1. Management of medically complex children through the continuum of care
  2. Sepsis
  3. Paediatric Pain
  4. Transition from Paediatric to Adult Care

The CAPHC Paediatric Practice Guidelines Collaborative is developing a national strategy using a Community of Practice (CoP) to further its objectives - To improve healthcare practice quality, safety and efficiency through a positive and dynamic collaboration between paediatric institutions to share ideas and experiences regarding the development, implementation and evaluation of paediatric practice guidelines.

Day one of the workshop focused on presentations describing successful paediatric healthcare CoPs in Canada and the US; the collaborative philosophy; barriers and enablers to CoPs, and guideline implementation; and the importance of data collection and evaluation.

Day two, everyone got down to work on achieving the workshop outputs:

  1. To develop recommendations for interventions to be included in the national strategy
  2.  Identify up to three areas of national interest for guideline development
  3. Identify roles and responsibilities of committed organizations

With the realization that there is a great deal of work being done in the area of guideline development, individuals and organizations with an experience or interest in these areas are being approached to join the CoP.   Each topic area will require expertise in content, data collection & evaluation, as well as individuals who have the ability to implement change in their organizations. 

We welcome everyone who has a passion for quality improvement, experience with practice guideline development and implementation and a keen interest in working within a CoP.

Ann WatkinsComment