What is Breakthrough Series Collaborative Methodology?
Developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement1, breakthrough series Collaborative Methodology is a short-term (12-18 months), structured approach to facilitate health system improvement in a specific topic area. The approach is generally employed where there is a gap between best-practice (evidence) and observed practice (current processes and outcomes). The method brings organizations together under a shared aim and common measurement system to use quality improvement techniques to test and implement changes aligned with shared aims. Participants in a Collaborative learn about models for effective change2, and evidence- and experience-based strategies to improve care and outcomes in the focused topic area.