METRIC: Measuring, Evaluating, and Translating Research
Complete a short questionnaire. Residents will
create and fill out a checklist evaluation form to provide a
sense of current systems of practice.
Review charts and enter patient data. Next,
residents will pull 10 patient records for chart review based on
evidence-based performance measures.
Assess performance. After reviewing patient
records, residents will see how their data compares with
evidence-based guidelines for standards of care.
Build an action plan. Next, residents will build
an action plan based on feedback from the chart review. The
action plan will include a QI intervention.
Implement the plan. The QI intervention will be
implemented over a six-month action period to serve as a guide to
making change in the practice system.
Re-measure and re-assess. Residents will
complete a second checklist evaluation form based on reviewing a
second set of 10 patient charts. They will then prepare a final
report to compare baseline and follow-up data and assess the
impact of their QI intervention on quality of care for their
Don't think of it as "quality improvement"
- Think of METRIC as improving patient outcomes and enhancing
- Think of METRIC as earning CME credit and fulfilling your
MC-FP Part IV requirement.
- Think of METRIC as a single online learning opportunity that
benefits both you and your patients.
How does the METRIC program work?
The METRIC program guides you through a step-by-step process.
The time to complete the program ranges between 3 and 12 months and
depends on the action plan you develop.
- Stage A: Learning from Current Practice
- Complete Practice Assessment Questionnaire.
- Enter data from patient charts (10 or 15 charts, depending
on the module).
- Assess personal performance and compare results
- Stage B: Learning from the Application of Performance
Improvement to Patient Care
- Select from multiple interventions.
- Use provided resources to develop Action Plan.
- Implement Action Plan for a minimum of three months, using
tips, templates, and resources from METRIC.
- Stage C: Learning from the Evaluation of the Performance
- Complete Practice Assessment Questionnaire
- Enter data from patient charts (re-measure).
- Compare to baseline measurements and reflect on
The METRIC program follows the AMA’s nationally standardized
Performance Improvement CME format.
Walk through the program step-by-step.
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