Impact of a Formal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Curriculum: A Prospective, Controlled Trial

Nausheen Jamal, Sarah N. Bowe, Michael J. Brenner, Karthik Balakrishnan, John P. Bent

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Objective: To assess the impact of implementing a dedicated Patient Safety and Quality Improvement (PSQI) curriculum for otolaryngology residents. Methods: Residents in two otolaryngology residency programs were recruited to participate in the study. Residents at institution A (intervention group) participated in a formal, newly developed, year-long PSQI curriculum. Residents at institution B (control group) participated in traditional, morbidity, and mortality conference-based PSQI education, with no formal curriculum in place. Curriculum participants completed anonymous surveys to assess learner satisfaction. Validated instruments were administered to assess for changes in resident confidence in the ability to develop PSQI projects, their attitudes toward patient safety, and PSQI-related knowledge. The number and quality of PSQI-related resident projects were also assessed. Results: Survey responses demonstrated excellent learner satisfaction with the curriculum. Based on validated instrument-based responses, both programs demonstrated similar confidence scores (P = 0.05), safety attitudes (P = 0.82), and PSQI knowledge (P = 0.29) at the beginning of the year. The residents of institution A demonstrated significant improvement in confidence (P = 0.00009) and knowledge (P = 0.0006) after completing the curriculum, with no improvement noted for residents at institution B in either confidence (P = 0.06) or knowledge (P = 0.79). Neither program demonstrated improvement in attitudes toward patient safety at the end of the year-long curriculum. Conclusion: Implementing a formal curriculum dedicated to PSQI led to an improvement in PSQI-related project development confidence and PSQI knowledge. Attitudes toward safety did not improve over the course of a year. Longer-term studies involving multiple institutions and other interventions are needed to evaluate the impact and duration of changes that occur. Level of Evidence: 1b Laryngoscope, 129:1100–1106, 2019.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1100-1106
Number of pages7
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2019


  • Patient safety
  • otolaryngology
  • practice-based learning and improvement
  • quality improvement
  • systems-based practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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