Getting started with QI analytics: 5 Tips for Success

Needs Statement

There is often confusion around the role of quality improvement (QI) projects distinguished from research. The change in a particular context of the scientific evidence is important in order to be able to define the project as QI. The incorporation into practice and execution of the project can change based on environment. The purpose of this activity is to familiarize attendees with quality improvement definitions, QI project approaches based on context, and considerations when analyzing results.

Target Audience

This activity is for Baylor College of Medicine Clinical Investigators including (but not limited to): Faculty (PI, MD and PhD), Trainees (Fellows, Residents, Medical Students) and staff (Research Coordinators).

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the difference between quality improvement (QI) and research.

  • Explain the rationale for longitudinal data analysis in QI analytics.

  • Identify 5 key characteristics of QI measurement and analysis.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

This CME/CE activity is designed for use by healthcare professionals for educational purposes only. Information and opinion offered by the contributors represent their viewpoints. Conclusions drawn by the participant should be derived from careful consideration of all available scientific information. Prescription information and use of medical devices should be undertaken only after confirmation of information by consulting the FDA-approved uses and information.

Baylor College of Medicine makes every effort to have accurate information presented, no warranty, expressed or implied, is offered. The participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience, and diagnostic decision-making before applying any information, whether provided here or by others, for any professional use.

Links are provided to other Internet sites solely for the convenience of users. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the site's terms and conditions of use including copyright and licensing restrictions.


Drug/Device Status Disclosure
Some drugs/devices identified during this activity may have United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for specific purposes only or for use in restricted research settings. The FDA has stated that it is the responsibility of the individual physician to determine the FDA status of each drug or device that he/she wishes to use in clinical practice and to use the products in compliance with the applicable law.

Baylor College of Medicine requires that all contributors disclose an unlabeled use or investigational use (not yet approved for any purpose) of pharmaceutical and medical device products, and provide adequate scientific and clinical justification for such use. Physicians are urged to fully review all the available data on products or procedures before using them to treat patients.


Disclosure Policy
Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. BCM is committed to sponsoring CME activities that are scientifically based, accurate, current, and objectively presented.

In  accordance  with  the  ACCME  Standards for  Commercial Support, BCM has  implemented a mechanism requiring everyone in a position to control the content of an educational activity (i.e., directors, planning committee members, faculty) to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests (drug/device companies) and manage/resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity.  Individuals must disclose to participants the existence or non-existence of financial relationships at the time of the activity or within 24 months prior.

In addition, BCM has requested activity faculty/presenters to disclose to participants any unlabeled use or investigational use of pharmaceutical/device products; to use scientific or generic names (not trade names) in referring to products; and, if necessary to use a trade name, to use the names of similar products or those within a class. Faculty/presenters have also been requested to adhere to the ACCME’s validation of clinical content statements.

BCM does not view the existence of financial relationships with commercial interests as implying bias or decreasing the value of a presentation. It is up to participants to determine whether the relationships influence the activity faculty with regard to exposition or conclusions.  If at any time during this activity you feel that there has been commercial/promotional bias, notify the Activity Director or Activity Coordinator. Please answer the questions about balance and objectivity in the activity evaluation candidly.

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

The following individual(s) has/have reported financial or other relationship(s) with commercial entities whose products/services may relate to the educational content of this activity:

Molly Horstman, M.D., M.S., Presenter 
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine – Section of Health Services Research
Baylor College of Medicine
Disclosure: Research Support: VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative VA Health Services Research and Development National Institute on Aging
Consultant: Baylor Scott and White Health

Laura Petersen, M.D., M.P.H., Planning Committee Member
Department of Medicine – Section of Health Services Research
Baylor College of Medicine
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

Vamshi Punugoti, M.S., Activity Director, Planning Committee Member
Executive Director
Office of Information Technology – Research Data
Baylor College of Medicine
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Baylor College of Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation
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If you have questions about the participation process, please contact the Division of Continuing Professional Development by email or phone 713.798.8237.