positive patient outcomes.
It’s also critical to your program’s success to remember that
measurable outcomes are the results of a dynamic planning
process. A thorough planning process takes time to engage
experts outside the clinical area of your program and may
integrate their feedback along the way.
For example, share your needs assessment with colleagues in
your Quality office and you are likely to discover stakeholders
who also want to close organization-specific practice gaps
identified in the assessment. Together you may determine
that the most appropriate program to enhance your patient
care focuses on system-based processes like diagnosis and
treatment as opposed to advances in disease and condition
management. Your activities succeed and ultimately patient
outcomes are more likely to improve when activities have
champions across the organization.
QHow have the enhanced Standards for BOC Approved Providers impacted your program development and administrative processes to offer continuing
education programs for BOC Certified Athletic Trainers?
AAt HSS, our foundation for current and future success includes education. Across departments we aspire to the same goal: sustained leadership in
musculoskeletal health. The Standards helped to reinforce
one threshold for all professional education programs on our
strategic roadmap to the future. It also reinforced the weight
of interdisciplinary education, encouraging clinicians from
different specialties to teach and learn from one another.
On a tactical level, we refined our administrative processes
and standardized our forms to streamline requests for
information from faculty, planning committees and activity
directors. Because of the cross-over between accrediting
bodies, like the BOC and ACCME, we were able to use some
of our frequently used forms and applications for multiple
purposes, such as the EBP Category CEU application to the
QDo you believe the Standards have increased the continuity, quality and outcomes of your education programs?
ABOC Approved Providers that meet the robust BOC Standards develop solid programs that value contributions from the entire medical team in order
to improve patient outcomes. Athletic Trainers are more and
more integrated into sports medicine and an athlete’s well-being is increasingly dependent on the engagement of Athletic
Trainers, Physical Therapists, strength and conditioning
coaches, sports medicine physicians and orthopaedists in a
team approach to injury prevention, treatment and return to
play. The Standards encourage BOC Approved Providers to
follow that approach in curriculum development, and studies
indicate that interdisciplinary education – by the team, for
the team – leads to improved patient outcomes.
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