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Table 2 Characteristics of the SwedeHF-QIC teams and their activities performed during the project time (1 year). All teams were employees of regional hospitals

From: In-depth comparison of two quality improvement collaboratives from different healthcare areas based on registry data—possible factors contributing to sustained improvement in outcomes beyond the project time

QI team
(Total number of participants, n)
Team 1
Team 2
Team 3
Team 4
Team 5
Profession of participants    c   
 Nurse 2 4   2 8
 Physician 1     1
 Healthcare quality developer 2 1 1   
 Leader of unit 3    1 1
 Others 1 PT   1 pharmacist   
Teams’ main goal
 Improve care processa x x x x x
 Improve diagnosisb   x x   
 Others     Increased visits to PTs.  
Source of collected data for QI
 Health records (re-admission rate) x x x x x
 Registry x x x x x
Data reviewed during project time      
 At baseline (supported by QIC experts) x x x x x
 At the end x x x x x
Overarching themes of activities performed (n = number of different activities)
 Increased availability and follow-up (among others with focus on physiotherapy) 3   1 1 4
 Development of and adherence to standard care programme, diagnosis and treatment guidelines 1 3    3
 Standardised information about diagnoses and treatments (among others with focus on physical activity) 1    2 1
 Cooperation and communication along the chain of care between different stakeholders 1 1 2   1
Participants’ perceived overall experience of QIC
(information received from the final QIC report)
‘…. participating teams are satisfied with the QIC activities, and that they have learnt improvement methods ….’ p.2
‘The results of the surveys showed that overall, the participants appreciated our seminars. Several participants highlighted patient participation as a very good part of the project. The final project evaluation showed that all participants could recommend the programme to a colleague and that they were satisfied with the program.’ p. 6
  1. PT physiotherapist
  2. aImprove care process through better team work (different professions) along the whole chain of care (different stakeholders)
  3. bImprove diagnosis and identification of patients at risk
  4. cMultidisciplinary from fields such as medicine, geriatric, rehabilitation, primary care, home care but not specified profession