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    Quality initiatives: How to participate—and benefit

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    QI does expose imperfections, inconsistencies, and sub-par care. The transparency leaves some wanting to avoid the process.

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    “I think, in general, surgeons have to admit that we’re not perfect. You only have to look at the data to realize nobody is,” Dr. Chrouser said. “The best thing you can do for your patients and yourself is to learn from others, learn from mistakes, and improve over the course of your career. QI projects provide the opportunity to improve not only our personal performance but that of the systems in which we practice.”

    QI initiatives can revive urology practices, according to Dr. Wolf.

    “As anybody in their job does, urologists can get in ruts, doing what they do because they do it well. You don’t really see the forest for the trees. Quality improvement is kind of looking at the forest and trying to figure out, how can I make this better? How can I stop accepting the status quo?” Dr. Wolf said.

    Dr. Chrouser says that doing QI projects requires urologists to talk to people outside the specialty, such as administrators, nurses, patients, or other physician specialists.

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    “You really get a perspective you didn’t have before on what all has to happen to get somebody to the operating room and through their surgery and post-op,” Dr. Chrouser said. “As surgeons, we’re used to asking for something during a case, and it just appears. I think it’s very easy to get into the mindset that, well, it’s somebody else’s job to get me what I need, and they’ll figure it out. But if you want to improve the whole process, you have to understand other people’s roles and the constraints of the system.”

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    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...

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