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    Quality Improvement: Tool identifies drivers of 30-day readmission after RP

    • A QI program for robot-assisted RP that uses video clips found a relationship between skill and outcome, with high-quartile surgeons showing lower rates of catheter placement and less blood loss. Data are used for peer-to-peer coaching to improve the skills of other surgeons, and a metric ultimately allows for selection of the best coaches.
    • The AUA’s AQUA Registry is a national safety collaborative that allows for parsing of data in multiple ways by different metrics, providing urologists valuable insight on how their peers practice across the country.
    • The majority of urology program directors believe QI methodology should continue to be part of residency training, and 89% say the AUA should offer QI training.
    • A panel of residents and QI experts examining what should be involved in a QI curriculum determined the highest-ranked topics were waste identification, high-value health care, and unwarranted variations.
    • In the future, look for increased education offerings in the area of QI and patient safety, including AUA patient safety videos, and practical reports of real-world QI projects with scalable potential. Ultimately, these projects will allow urologists to provide better and safer patient care.

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