Evaluation of a Distance Learning Curriculum for Interprofessional Quality Improvement Leaders

Am J Med Qual. 2018 Nov/Dec;33(6):590-597. doi: 10.1177/1062860618765661. Epub 2018 Mar 26.


As health care systems move toward value-based care, training future leaders in quality improvement (QI) is essential. Web-based training allows for broad dissemination of QI knowledge to geographically distributed learners. The authors conducted a longitudinal evaluation of a structured, synchronous web-based, advanced QI curriculum that facilitated engagement and real-time feedback. Learners (n = 54) were satisfied (overall satisfaction; M = 3.31/4.00), and there were improvements in cognitive (immediate QI knowledge tests; P = .02), affective (self-efficacy of QI skills; P < .001), and skill-based learning (Quality Improvement Knowledge Application Tool; P < .001). There was significant improvement in affective transfer (interprofessional attitudes on the job; p < .01) but no significant change on cognitive (distal QI knowledge test; P = .91), or skill-based transfer (self-reported interprofessional collaboration job skills; P = .23). The findings suggest that this model can be effective to train geographically distributed future QI leaders.

Keywords: education; interprofessional; quality improvement; training; web-based training.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Curriculum*
  • Education, Distance*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Leadership
  • Male
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Middle Aged
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality Improvement*
  • Staff Development*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Texas