Accepting Applications for the 2018 QI Award Program
Submission Deadline:  November 17, 2017 

The Quality Improvement Award is a program designed to encourage the development of innovative projects that will help to make a distinct impact on the quality of post-acute and long-term care.

Types of Projects Supported

The Awards should support initiatives that focus on facility staff education, quality improvement programs, research on interventions and treatment, and health literacy to directly enhance the quality of care provided to patients in long term care settings.

  Education  
 
  • Proposals in this category should focus on facility staff education and/or training programs
 
  Quality Improvement Programs  
 
  • Proposals should focus on training and mentoring facilities or organizations in continuous quality improvement (CQI) or specific QI projects covering areas of interest to the Foundation.
 
  Research Projects  
 
  • Research projects should be approximately one year in length and conducted in a single facility.
  • Results should be generalizable.
  • Examples could include an investigation into the characteristics of residents in the long-term care setting whose weight loss is unavoidable, or a study looking at critical factors with hearing aid use.
 
  Health Literacy  
 
  • Health literacy projects should focus on ways to enhance improving healthcare communications between long term care patients and their family/caregivers/surrogates. Devising such systems are particularly important given the diminished literacy skills, cognitive capacity and communication skills of many long-term care residents, especially those with dementia.
  • Examples could include projects that focus on the following: innovative ways to communicate given literacy and functional limitations (e.g., cognitive impairment, hearing or vision loss); different strategies for communicating given technological advances (e.g., e-mail, video-conferencing); and, methods of communicating with patients and families surrounding functional and disease-focused issues, taking into consideration diminished literacy skills and cultural differences.
 

Award

One project that supports a Quality Improvement project will be selected for the $5,000 award. The winner will present their project results at a future educational session at AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine Annual Conference, AMDA's annual symposium.

Eligibility

The program is open to all:

  • AMDA-The Society members (including associate members).* To join AMDA click here
  • Residents or fellows in an accredited training program
  • Mid-career and junior career faculty members of schools of medicine, osteopathy, nursing, or other health-related academic institutions

*Note: If the applicant is not a Scoeity member the submission must be sponsored by a Society member. If you need help in locating a member, please contact us. Also, applicants who are not the medical director of the facility where the project will be conducted must have the consent of the facility medical director to implement the project.

Selection and Notification

Applications for the award will be reviewed by the Foundation's Quality Improvement Awards Selection Committee. The Committee will consider the following:

  • Scientific merit of the proposed project
  • The impact of the proposed project on improving quality in long term care
  • The generalizability of the project to other facilities and organizations
  • The feasibility of conducting the project within the required time frame

Application Procedure

The Quality Improvement Award Application must be completed and submitted through our online application process by November 17, 2017.