Clinical Support

Anti-Vaping Champions Clinical Support

About Our Clinical Support Process

In collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics-California Chapter 2 (Southern California), Anti-Vaping Champions aims to systematically improve the percentage of vaping screening and intervention among pediatric patients. Our team utilizes the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) method of quality improvement to discover shortcomings in existing identification and treatment protocol, suggest possible areas for improvement, and assist in the implementation of a screening and cessation referral policy with our partner clinics. We also offer Maintenance of Certification Part 4 credit for board-certified pediatricians and up to $700 for participation.

Interested in partnering with AVC to engage in the QI process? Fill out our application.

What is the PDSA QI Cycle?

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PDSA stands for Plan. Do. Study. Act.

The process flows cyclically, beginning with a Plan which identifies:

  • The objective of the process and changes to make
  • Questions and predictions
  • How the plan will be carried out (who, what, where, when)

The next stage, where the plan will be carried out, is Do.  During this stage the clinic will:

  • Carry out the plan and document any problems or unexpected observations
  • Compile and begin analysis of the data collected

The third stage is composed of Studying the data.  Here the clinic will:

  • Complete the analysis of data
  • Compare data and results with earlier predictions
  • Summarize what was learned

The fourth and final stage is where the clinic will Act by:

  • Determining which changes to make and adapting
  • Abandoning changes that did not work

The cycle repeats with the formation of a new Plan based on the lessons learned.

Key Considerations for QI

  • Take time to plan
  • Focus on systems, not individuals
  • Seek ideas/changes from the source: patients and front-line staff
  • Focus testing small changes
  • Involves frequent, ongoing measurement and data-driven decision making
  • Not a finite process, it's continuous
  • Should help staff, not hinder
  • Test under as many conditions as possible

Model for Improvement

There are 5 components to the PSDA improvement model:

  1. A project
  2. People 
  3. Measures
  4. Interventions
  5. Time to test

Consider the following questions which lay the foundation for improvement:

  • Aim: What exactly are we trying to accomplish?
  • Measures: How will we know that our changes are an improvement?
  • Changes: What changes can we make that will result in an improvement?