The Quality Improvement with Data (QID) website is maintained by the QID/Long-Term Care Quality Improvement (LTC-QI) group within the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The LTC-QI group conducts research to improve long-term care and other health systems through the development of information and decision support systems and dissemination and implementation of quality improvement measurement and systems design.
The Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living (WCCEAL) is a group of dedicated people organized to improve the outcomes of individuals living in Wisconsin assisted living facilities. When assisted living communities and health care facilities implement internal quality assurance and quality improvement throughout their systems, they will have better outcomes. The core of WCCEAL is the implementation of an “association developed,” “department approved” comprehensive quality assurance, quality improvement program. For more information on this project, visit the WCCEAL website.
The Clinical Resource Center (CRC) is a clinical care resource website designed to provide key information for staff working in long-term care. The website, originally called WCRC (Wisconsin Clinical Resource Center), was designed by the Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. For more information on this project, visit the CRC website.
The Wisconsin Long-Term Care Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Toolkit, created by the Wisconsin Healthcare-Associated Infections in Long-Term Care Coalition is now publically available here and on the CRC public website. The goals of the toolkit are to help long-term care facilities:
Improving Management of Urinary Tract Infections in Nursing Institutions through Facilitated Implementation (IMUNIFI) is a clinical trial led by Christopher Crnich, MD, PhD, associate professor, Infectious Disease, and James Ford, PhD, assistant professor, Social and Administrative Science, University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy, aimed at improving urinary tract infection (UTI) management in Wisconsin nursing homes by comparing strategies for implementing the Wisconsin Long-Term Care UTI Toolkit.
Suspicion of a UTI is the most common indication for antibiotic prescribing in nursing homes across the U.S., and the condition most often associated with inappropriate antibiotic use in those facilities. That's led to a rise in antibiotic resistance, which in turn threatens to create a scenario in which existing antimicrobial therapies fail to treat common, previously treatable infections.
Data reporting and report dissemination for this study utilizes the Wisconsin Clinical Resource Center (CRC) website developed and maintained by the LTC-QI group – U.W. Madison. IMUNIFI participants can access the IMUNIFI pages by logging into CRC here.