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DQA Improvement Resources

Since 2012, the DQA has focused on developing measures for quality improvement in dentistry. While the DQA measure development has been quite successful and the Measure Development Committee proceeds with its work, the Implementation Committee was recently reconstituted to focus on three specific areas that need attention.

The DQA’s mission is to advance performance measurement as a means to improve oral heath, patient care and safety through a consensus-building process. The purpose of the Implementation Committee is to:

  1. Support the use of DQA measures for system-level improvement
  2. Support the establishment of a feedback loop to identify evidence from measurement
  3. Support data infrastructure development that facilitates automated measurement

To support system-level improvement, the Implementation Committee first conducted an environmental scan to identify projects that could be used as exemplars of system-level improvement. From that scan, thus far, three projects were studied and summarized into “Quality Innovators Spotlight.”

Below are three Projects that the DQA has approved to be highlighted as exemplars of Quality Improvement.