Simple Steps for Improving

The Quality of Healthcare for Patients with Chronic Idiopathic Constipation


You’ve taken the first step for you and your practice to achieve measurable changes that will improve your patients’ chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) experiences and outcomes.

Using this simple, systematic approach to quality improvement, intended for easy access and application in any practice setting, you will have the framework and tools you need to enhance diagnostic procedures, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ongoing assessment to help your patients manage CIC and ensure that they receive timely and appropriate interventions. Let’s get started!

This digital QI is designed to be effective and as easy as 1-2-3



To assess possible areas of improvement, you will complete an assessment that asks to what extent you or your practice:

  • Employ comprehensive diagnostic procedures
  • Use diagnostic tools with EMR integration
  • Develop evidence-based treatment plans for patients
  • Include patient-reported outcomes within ongoing treatment strategies
  • Integrate multidisciplinary and specialist care in patient management
  • Follow a systematic approach to shared decision making
  • Provide education and self-management tools and resources to patients

You will receive a report card that summarizes your or your practice’s performance relative to areas assessed. This serves as your baseline and guides development of your personalized action items.


Implement in Practice

Working with our expert faculty, we created a Model for Improvement that outlines the aims of this program and its measures of success. We provide educational and practical interventions, but you can also develop your own to meet your specific needs. Depending on your baseline assessment, interventions you can implement include:

  • Enhanced training
  • Decision support tools for diagnosis and treatment
  • Integration of processes within your EMR
  • Communication strategies
  • Patient education and self-management initiatives


Once you’ve finished the interventions and have introduced the recommended process changes, it’s time to put them to the test!

  • Return to this digital QI portal after a minimum of
  • Re-assess your action plan to see what improvements were realized
  • Complete a personal reflection
  • Get your certificate

We recommend you share these findings with key stakeholders in your organization to reflect on ongoing improvements and/or future opportunities.

Obtain MOC Part IV Credit for You and Your Team

Don’t forget that physicians who participate in digital QI programs are eligible for MOC credit.


Brooks Cash, MD, AGAF, FACG, FACP, FASGE Professor of Medicine
University of Texas McGovern Medical School
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Houston, TX
Lucinda Harris, MS, MD Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
Scottsdale, AZ

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