Frequently Asked Questions



How is data collected, submitted, and analyzed?

Teams collected data through self reporting and self audit using OPQC forms.  

Data is submitted monthly by the end of the 5th business day of the following month.  The data is entered electronically using a web-based interface.

The data is analyzed according to the measures defined at the outset of the project. 

Where can I find past data?

We share aggregate data with our participating OPQC teams.  Sharing this data helps our teams understand how they are doing in compared to the group.  Each team can see its own monthly data as well as aggregate OPQC data by using our website.  Anyone who visits our website can access our most current and up to date aggregate reports.

How is information given back to participants?  Are there conference calls/meetings and how often are these performed?

A key component to team success is to allow for structured sharing of progress and barriers.  We accomplish this by holding monthly Action Period calls.  These calls include structured agendas where, at a minimum, we share the following:

  • The latest aggregate results
  • Updated information to improve our data collection processes if applicable
  • Input from our teams to share best practices
  • PDSAs they have tried or relevant information to the agenda topic

We also hold intermittent face to face Learning Sessions where teams are given an opportunity for plenary learning and small group work with their peer OPQC teams.

How did you get success in the OB project?

Reducing deliveries before 39 weeks that are not medically indicated is a recognized best practice from ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology).  That is one of the many reasons that helped support the focus we chose for the obstetrics project.  We used the Key Driver Diagram to help focus our work, and have learned over time that there are common components shared among the most successful OPQC OB Teams

How are you making improvements in the Neonatal project?

In the neonatal project, we used the "bundle" concept to create both an insertion and maintenance bundle for catheter care in infants between 22-29 weeks of age.  We referenced the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative to leverage their learning about this same topic.  The bundle concept creates a group of interventions supported by evidenced based practices and works on the theory that those "bundled" interventions are required to have the best outcomes for patients.