Quality Improvement Projects

The UofL Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has taken a role in the area of quality improvement.

Specific initiatives and projects undertaken by the division include:

  • Study of appropriate use of endoscopy at the Louisville VA Medical Center, and to avoid unnecessary procedures. (2014)
  • Adenoma detection rate (at UofL Hospital and the VA for men and women). (2013)
  • Colonoscopy withdrawal times for screening for colon cancer. (ongoing since 2013)
  • Immunization compliance and Improvement for patients with chronic liver diseases and inflammatory bowel disease. (2015-2016)
  • Participation in the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) monitored GI Quality Improvement Consortium (GIQIC) at ULH. The GIQUIC is a nationwide consortium which collects and monitors performance on quality of prep, pathology, and procedure complications, as well as withdrawal time, and documentation for follow up screening for patients with adenomas. (2017)

2017 Projects

  • Use of a novel patient communication via cell phone texting to improve no show rate and quality of prep.
  • Readmission rates in cirrhotics - Project looking at current readmission rates in cirrhotics and implement changes to reduce this.