QI & Education

PCQN provides a variety of forums for members to learn, share experiences, and support one another in efforts to improve palliative care services provided to patients and their families. Descriptions of the various ways people can engage with the PCQN are below.

Quality Improvement Collaborative

The PCQN QI Collaborative supports teams to learn QI methods and work together on coordinated, mentored QI initiatives. Participants in the QI Collaborative join monthly conference calls during which the QI framework used for a particular project is reviewed (e.g., the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle11); teams examine their data, and share their progress, successes, and challenges encountered since the previous call. Ongoing mentorship and support is provided to teams between calls, as needed. The QI Collaborative focuses intensively on one project for six months to one year.

Dates of upcoming calls, slides and other resources from current and past projects can be found here.

Monthly Educational Webinars

Monthly PCQN educational webinars focus on PC clinical content that is directed at PC specialty clinicians. Presentations are largely given by PCQN members with non-member experts brought in periodically.  Topics have included treatment of challenging pain conditions, pharmacist interventions & outcomes, and palliative care for vulnerable populations, among many others. CE credits are available for all participants.

Dates of upcoming calls and slides from previous webinars can be found here.

If you are interested in presenting at an upcoming monthly webinar, please contact Rachel Stone.

Longitudinal Learning & Strategy Exchanges

Longitudinal learning and strategy exchange opportunities allow members to have more in-depth discussion on a particular topic with  calls and/or webinars  that are held on a regular, ongoing (e.g., quarterly, monthly, etc.) basis over a set period of time (e.g., 1 year). These are different from the monthly QI collaborative calls as they don’t necessarily have to do with using PCQN data to drive improvement activities. Depending on the nature of the topic, these sessions are open to all who would like to attend or are limited in size and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Slides from previous sessions can be found here.

Upcoming Longitudinal Learning & Strategy Exchanges are:

  1. Collecting Quality Data in Community Based Settings – This is intended for all members who are collecting data in outpatient clinic or community based settings to raise questions & share strategies for data collection, and discuss desired analytics. Dates are: July 27, October 26, January 25, and April 12, all at 12pm PST.
  1. Resiliency Training – To begin Fall 2017. More information coming soon.

Case Reviews – Coming Soon!

Case reviews provide members with another mechanism for learning from one another.  Members will have the opportunity to present challenging or unusual patient cases and engage in discussion with their peers. These will be in webinar format and be one hour in length. More information about case reviews will be coming soon.

In-Person Conferences

The two, two-day in-person conferences per year aim to foster a sense of community while creating opportunities for members to share expertise and learn. Conferences include sessions on clinical topics, QI education and best practices identified through the work of the QI Collaborative, and sessions on leadership and self-care to further support the personal and professional development of participants. The conferences are highly interactive with built-in structures that facilitate the exchange of ideas and expertise on key issues faced by PC teams. Up to four individuals from each member organization can attend at no charge. Continuing education units are available for participants.

Materials from previous conferences can be found here.

The next PCQN conference is October 5-6, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. Registration is limited to current PCQN members. See more about the conference here.

For more information about our conferences, please contact Rachel Stone.