INQURI awarded Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation Grant

Oct 07, 2014

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The SATISFY-SOS project, which tracks health and well-being after surgery, was awarded a two year Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation Grant. SATISFY-SOS (Systematic Assessment and Targeted Improvement of Services Following Yearlong Surgical Outcomes Surveys) is aimed at improving patient outcomes across BJH and the School of Medicine, by contributing directly to patient safety and quality improvement initiatives, and by identifying quality of care gaps relating to surgical, critical care and chronic pain patients at Barnes-Jewish facilities.

In less than two years, INQUIRI has enrolled 20,000 surgical patients, whose postoperative health and well-being are systematically tracked. The project has already shown remarkable success, and is recognized both locally and nationally as an innovative model that has potential for substantial growth and expansion. Beyond the significant positive outcomes for patient care, the effort has also catalyzed important research collaborations across multiple disciplines and established a valuable resource for training medical students, nursing students, residents, junior faculty and other health care professionals in rigorous quality improvement exercises and research methods.

The Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation Grant will allow INQUIRI the continue the vision of the SATISFY-SOS project, resulting in advances in risk assessment and improvements in perioperative care. The findings of SATISFY-SOS in combination with data from other disciplines (e.g. genetics) have the potential to advance personalized medicine, where risk assessments can be refined for individual patients.


SATISFY SOS was established by The Institute of Quality Improvement, Research & Informatics (INQUIRI) in the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University, in consultation with, and with the endorsement of a diverse leadership group including the following:

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