The National Quality Center (NQC) Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC), spearheaded by its consumer involvement subcommittee, developed a national survey in the summer of 2009. The purpose of the survey was to assess methods being employed among Ryan White grantees and sub-grantees to involve People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in quality improvement activities throughout the United States. The survey findings are being used to inform the development of technical assistance tools and approaches to assist HIV ambulatory care settings with involving consumers in HIV quality management within their clinics or agencies. The development, dissemination and collection of the national survey was an iterative process and refined during several CAC subcommittee conference calls in collaboration with NQC staff and a final draft was presented to subcommittee members in July and August 2009.
Once endorsed by the CAC, the survey was disseminated broadly throughout the United States via NQC email contacts, HRSA/HAB project officers, CAC members and NQC staff. Results of the survey and the survey instrument can be accessed via the NQC website at: Info@NationalQualityCenter.org. NQC staff would like to take this opportunity to thank the hard work of the NQC CAC consumer involvement subcommittee for their contributions in developing and disseminating the survey.