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Improving the Quality of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision through Use of the Continuous Quality Improvement Approach: A Pilot in 30 PEPFAR-Supported Sites in Uganda.

Byabagambi J, Marks P, Megere H, Karamagi E, Byakika S, Opio A, Calnan J, Njeuhmeli E - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: In response, PEPFAR, through a USAID-supported technical assistance project, provided support in quality improvement to the MOH and implementing partners to improve quality and safety in VMMC services and build capacity of MOH staff to continuously improve VMMC service quality.Significant improvement was noted in post-operative follow-up at 48 hours, sexually transmitted infection assessment, informed consent and use of local anesthesia but not rate of adverse events.Public sector providers can be engaged to address the quality of VMMC using a continuous quality improvement approach.

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Affiliation: USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, University Research Co., LLC (URC), Kampala, Uganda.

ABSTRACT

Background: Uganda adopted voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) (also called Safe Male Circumcision in Uganda), as part of its HIV prevention strategy in 2010. Since then, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has implemented VMMC mostly with support from the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through its partners. In 2012, two PEPFAR-led external quality assessments evaluated compliance of service delivery sites with minimum quality standards. Quality gaps were identified, including lack of standardized forms or registers, lack of documentation of client consent, poor preparedness for emergencies and use of untrained service providers. In response, PEPFAR, through a USAID-supported technical assistance project, provided support in quality improvement to the MOH and implementing partners to improve quality and safety in VMMC services and build capacity of MOH staff to continuously improve VMMC service quality.

Methods and findings: Sites were supported to identify barriers in achieving national standards, identify possible solutions to overcome the barriers and carry out improvement plans to test these changes, while collecting performance data to objectively measure whether they had bridged gaps. A 53-indicator quality assessment tool was used by teams as a management tool to measure progress; teams also measured client-level indicators through self-assessment of client records. At baseline (February-March 2013), less than 20 percent of sites scored in the "good" range (>80%) for supplies and equipment, patient counseling and surgical procedure; by November 2013, the proportion of sites scoring "good" rose to 67 percent, 93 percent and 90 percent, respectively. Significant improvement was noted in post-operative follow-up at 48 hours, sexually transmitted infection assessment, informed consent and use of local anesthesia but not rate of adverse events.

Conclusion: Public sector providers can be engaged to address the quality of VMMC using a continuous quality improvement approach.

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Mentions: The baseline findings are summarized in the first set of columns in the dashboard shown in Fig 1. Site teams were supported to address gaps identified at baseline concerning the seven areas in the VMMC standards quality assessment tool. Since the baseline assessment was conducted, improvement has been observed in all areas, as shown in the columns for May 2014. A greater proportion of sites have now been assessed as performing “good” (green) in all of the seven quality areas, as shown in Fig 1. Table 4 summarizes the gaps identified by teams for some of the VMMC quality standards and the changes that teams made to close these gaps. Because individual sites introduced specific changes at different times, aggregate time series results for all 30 sites presented in Figs 2–6 are compared with results for a single site, with site-specific annotations shown to indicate when the particular site introduced each specific change. The individual sites whose results are presented in Figs 2–6 were purposefully selected to favor higher-volume sites and sites where documentation of site-specific changes was available.


Improving the Quality of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision through Use of the Continuous Quality Improvement Approach: A Pilot in 30 PEPFAR-Supported Sites in Uganda.

Byabagambi J, Marks P, Megere H, Karamagi E, Byakika S, Opio A, Calnan J, Njeuhmeli E - PLoS ONE (2015)

Percentage of VMMC clients who are circumcised under local anesthesia.
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pone.0133369.g006: Percentage of VMMC clients who are circumcised under local anesthesia.
Mentions: The baseline findings are summarized in the first set of columns in the dashboard shown in Fig 1. Site teams were supported to address gaps identified at baseline concerning the seven areas in the VMMC standards quality assessment tool. Since the baseline assessment was conducted, improvement has been observed in all areas, as shown in the columns for May 2014. A greater proportion of sites have now been assessed as performing “good” (green) in all of the seven quality areas, as shown in Fig 1. Table 4 summarizes the gaps identified by teams for some of the VMMC quality standards and the changes that teams made to close these gaps. Because individual sites introduced specific changes at different times, aggregate time series results for all 30 sites presented in Figs 2–6 are compared with results for a single site, with site-specific annotations shown to indicate when the particular site introduced each specific change. The individual sites whose results are presented in Figs 2–6 were purposefully selected to favor higher-volume sites and sites where documentation of site-specific changes was available.

Bottom Line: In response, PEPFAR, through a USAID-supported technical assistance project, provided support in quality improvement to the MOH and implementing partners to improve quality and safety in VMMC services and build capacity of MOH staff to continuously improve VMMC service quality.Significant improvement was noted in post-operative follow-up at 48 hours, sexually transmitted infection assessment, informed consent and use of local anesthesia but not rate of adverse events.Public sector providers can be engaged to address the quality of VMMC using a continuous quality improvement approach.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, University Research Co., LLC (URC), Kampala, Uganda.

ABSTRACT

Background: Uganda adopted voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) (also called Safe Male Circumcision in Uganda), as part of its HIV prevention strategy in 2010. Since then, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has implemented VMMC mostly with support from the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through its partners. In 2012, two PEPFAR-led external quality assessments evaluated compliance of service delivery sites with minimum quality standards. Quality gaps were identified, including lack of standardized forms or registers, lack of documentation of client consent, poor preparedness for emergencies and use of untrained service providers. In response, PEPFAR, through a USAID-supported technical assistance project, provided support in quality improvement to the MOH and implementing partners to improve quality and safety in VMMC services and build capacity of MOH staff to continuously improve VMMC service quality.

Methods and findings: Sites were supported to identify barriers in achieving national standards, identify possible solutions to overcome the barriers and carry out improvement plans to test these changes, while collecting performance data to objectively measure whether they had bridged gaps. A 53-indicator quality assessment tool was used by teams as a management tool to measure progress; teams also measured client-level indicators through self-assessment of client records. At baseline (February-March 2013), less than 20 percent of sites scored in the "good" range (>80%) for supplies and equipment, patient counseling and surgical procedure; by November 2013, the proportion of sites scoring "good" rose to 67 percent, 93 percent and 90 percent, respectively. Significant improvement was noted in post-operative follow-up at 48 hours, sexually transmitted infection assessment, informed consent and use of local anesthesia but not rate of adverse events.

Conclusion: Public sector providers can be engaged to address the quality of VMMC using a continuous quality improvement approach.

No MeSH data available.


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