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.
Health (PDF)
Safety (PDF)

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. 
Falls  

Missing Persons

Medication Errors

Sexuality

Preventive Screenings

Alzheimer's and Dementia

Oral Health

Preventable Hospital Use: Dehydration, Constipation, and UTI

Ingestion of Foreign Objects (Pica)

Constipation and Bowel Obstruction

QIIDD.org website

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.