International quality improvement initiatives

Cardiol Young. 2017 Dec;27(S6):S61-S68. doi: 10.1017/S1047951117002633.


Across the globe, the implementation of quality improvement science and collaborative learning has positively affected the care and outcomes for children born with CHD. These efforts have advanced the collective expertise and performance of inter-professional healthcare teams. In this review, we highlight selected quality improvement initiatives and strategies impacting the field of cardiovascular care and describe implications for future practice and research. The continued leveraging of technology, commitment to data transparency, focus on team-based practice, and recognition of cultural norms and preferences ensure the success of sustainable models of global collaboration.

Keywords: Congenital heart disease; cardiovascular care; global collaborative learning; inter-professional; quality improvement sciences.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team / standards*
  • Primary Health Care / methods*
  • Quality Improvement / organization & administration*