Quality Assurance Reports
CDDER develops the following dissemination pieces for the Massachusetts DDS on quality assurance topics that translate research findings into actionable items. This are customized towards audiences like self-advocates, management staff, families, and risk personnel.
Quality Assurance Briefs
Easy to digest reports of outcomes important to the health, safety and quality of lives of individuals who are supported by the MA DDS. Each topic based brief focuses on a specific area of quality.
In addition, CDDER published quality briefs for developmental disability service agencies in the New England Region which discuss general research findings in the ID population and suggest ways for state agencies to mitigate risk:
December 2008 (PDF)
May 2009 (PDF)
Quality Is No Accident (QINA) Briefs
These quality and risk management briefs present analyses of incident data from the MA DDS incident reporting system and suggest actionable items to inform future prevention and risk mitigation strategies. These documents open in PDF.
Alzheimer's and Dementia
Preventable Hospital Use: Dehydration, Constipation, and UTI
Ingestion of Foreign Objects (Pica)
Constipation and Bowel Obstruction
The qiidd.org website presents quality assurance topics like health, rights, and safety in an easily digestible format for self-advocates and professionals. This website supports accessibility standards by using plain text language, text-to-speech functionality, and simple navigation.