Past, Present and Future: Striving to continuously improve access to Autism Diagnostic assessment

Last modified by Ann Watkins on 2019/05/21 16:46

In 2013, in the face of rapid pediatric population growth and increasing rates in the population prevalence of Autism, a key focus was improving timely access to Autism Diagnostic Services for children at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH), Child Development Services (CDS) servicing southern Alberta. Initial work focused on creating a new diagnostic pathway for children between 12 -39 months. The outcome of this work successfully saw the group achieve its target of reducing wait time from referral to first appointment from 18 months to 1-2 months, which has been sustained for 3.5 years. This was achieved without the addition of any ‘new’ resources. For this work, the ACH CDS was awarded the 2016 President’s Excellence Award in Quality Improvement. Recently, ACH CDS have undertaken a similar quality improvement approach with our 4-6 years of age cohort requiring Autism Diagnostic assessment. Come join us and learn about not only the actual work and improvements but how we have culturally transformed ourselves into a program with a continuous improvement culture.

For a copy of the slideshow presentation, please download the file here: Past, Present and Future: Striving to continuously improve access to Autism Diagnostic assessment

LangenbergerPic.pngShauna Langenberger – Quality Consultant – Clinical Quality Improvement – Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services

Educated as a nurse with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary in 1987 and a Master’s of Nursing – Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Alberta in 2011. Shauna has been working in the capacity as a Quality Consultant with frontline clinical teams for Alberta Health Services since 2010. Shauna has worked on numerous small and large scale improvement projects in both adults and pediatric settings; acute and ambulatory. As a Quality Consultant, she has supported teams which have come to realize award winning improvements in patient care. Her work with the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Child Development Services, Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Clinic was recognized, receiving the 2016 Alberta Health Services President’s Excellence Award in Quality Improvement.

JFLemayPic.pngDr. Jean-Francois Lemay – Developmental Pediatrician – Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services

Dr. Jean-François Lemay, MD, CCFP, CPSQ, FRCPC, Founder Developmental Pediatrics, is a Developmental Pediatrician at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH), and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. In the past, Dr. Lemay has been the Section Chief for Developmental Pediatrics and Director of Admissions and Student Affairs and Financial Aid for the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, as well as Pediatric Postgraduate Director at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, University of Calgary. Dr. Lemay has been involved with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons as a senior advisor and member of their Evaluation and Assessment Committee. Clinical, research and education interests include medical education, autism, and ADHD. He is currently the Co-Director of the Global Child Health Unit at ACH.

Diane Hill – Unit Manager, Child Development Services – Calgary Zone, Alberta Children’s Hospital

Educated as a nurse with a Bachelor’s degree from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario in 1979 and a Master’s of Health Administration in Leadership from Athabasca University, Alberta in 2010.  Diane has worked as Clinical Resource Nurse in Developmental Clinic and Preschool Treatment Coordinator at Alberta Children’s Hospital since 1997.  As a Unit Manager since 2012 Diane has worked with a variety of clinical teams in quality improvement in the areas of process improvement and space utilization.  Currently, she is participating in a quality improvement project with a front-line clinical team that is focusing on process improvement for the preschool population who are referred to Child Development Services with a query of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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