Engaging Patients in Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiatives: Facilitators and Barriers

Health care transformation calls for patient engagement in quality improvement (PEQI), yet practice participation remains low. This pilot study of 8 primary care clinics at 7 statewide locations sought to determine the most effective strategies for disseminating a previously successful single-system PEQI intervention. Qualitative data were obtained through site visits, interviews, observations, and journaling. The PATH collaborative found that five teams partially completed the intervention and 3 finished. These findings suggest that quality improvement facilitation and dedicated time can help primary care teams identify and overcome barriers to PEQI.

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