HIM 435 Week 2 Assignment 2


Week 2 – Assignment 2


Clinical Quality Assessment/Improvement
Select a diagnostic or procedural topic relevant to patient care that would be suitable for a quality assessment and improvement project. Prepare a three- to four-page paper in which you:

  • Define the purpose or focus of      the assessment process. (Ask: What are we trying to accomplish?)
  • Identify/develop at least four      key indicators or parameters (performance measures) for the selected topic      that provide data to support the purpose or focus of the assessment      process. (Ask: What will tell us that a change is an improvement?) Use      resources on this topic to help decide which indicators to use. Indicators      may include, but are not limited to:
    • Admission criteria/suggested       population
    • Continued-stay review criteria
    • History of illness
    • Lab values
    • Symptomatology/indications for       the disease or procedure
    • Vital signs
    • Medications
    • Ongoing monitoring
    • Length of stay
    • Type of treatment
    • Complications/management of       care
    • Comorbidities
    • Management (for example, of       therapy or education)
    • Discharge planning

Your paper must:

  • Be three- to four-pages in      length (excluding the title and reference pages and charts and graphs) and      formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing      Center.
  • Include references for a      minimum of three scholarly sources published within the past three years,      in addition to your textbook.
  • Include a title page with the      following:
  • Title of paper
  • Student’s name
  • Course name and number
  • Instructor’s name
  • Date submitted
  • Begin with an introductory      paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  • Address the topic of the paper      with critical thought.
  • Include a conclusion that      reaffirms your thesis.
  • Include a separate reference      page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing      Center.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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