Dr. Damodharan Shares Experience With New QI Program

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Dr. Damodharan Shares Experience With New QI Program


Dr. Senthil Damodharan, Department Head of Psychiatry for Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, is one of three RQHR physicians participating in the new Clinical Quality Improvement Program (CQIP). The 11-month course, launched by Health Quality Council with the Saskatchewan Medical Association and the Ministry of Health, is designed to build capability for facilitating and leading successful healthcare improvement work in Saskatchewan.

The program includes a mix of theory and hands-on learning, along with individual coaching and a community of practice for physicians working in a clinical context.

Here, Dr. Damodharan answers questions about his project and about quality improvement in health care.

Q: What is your project about?

A: (It is about) improving access for specialist medical consultation for children and youth with developmental/behavioural/emotional difficulties, (and) collaboration between pediatricians and child psychiatrists. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I wish to contribute to a system which can harness all the available resources within the medical field to support optimal development of children and youth, in collaboration with wider services and programs in the health and related human services, so that these vulnerable children and youth can realize their fullest potential as adults.

Q: What does quality improvement mean to you?

A: (Having a) QI perspective challenges the received wisdom and assumptions I have/had and forces me to think about methods and processes to deliver safe, high-quality, accessible, equitable, and sustainable patient-centred care through multi-disciplinary teams.

Q: Why is quality improvement important for physicians and other health care professionals?

A: QI enables an attitude of humility and life-long learning, in order to expand our understanding of the design, orientation, methods, and processes involved in the many multi-layered and interactive health and related human services.

CQIP is a sister program to the internationally recognized mini-Advanced Training Program, which was developed by Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. Its content has been adapted by HQC for the Saskatchewan health care system. CQIP is accredited through both the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

As CQIP continues through to November 2017, HQC will share information about the participants’ projects.