Creating a culture of improvement: experience of a pediatric cystic fibrosis center

J Nurs Care Qual. 2008 Apr-Jun;23(2):115-20; quiz 121-2. doi: 10.1097/01.NCQ.0000313759.33654.00.


Quality improvement (QI) efforts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham/Children's Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Center began in the spring of 2004, with a collaborative sponsored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. As the authors gained experience with QI processes, significant system changes ensued. In this article, we describe how the center created a culture of improvement that has resulted in significant improvements in clinical outcomes in our patient population.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alabama
  • Benchmarking
  • Child
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Cystic Fibrosis / therapy*
  • Foundations / organization & administration
  • Hospitals, Pediatric
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Culture
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / organization & administration
  • Outpatient Clinics, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Pediatric Nursing / organization & administration
  • Total Quality Management / organization & administration*