Dr. Shoshanna Sofaer

Dr. Shoshanna Sofaer

What has been the impact of your INQRI project? I believe the project had an impact on the National Quality Forum's awareness of the need to (1) pay attention to the views of consumers and patients on quality measures in general and (2) the need to clarify their criteria around the “usability” of measures. 

How did interdisciplinary collaboration impact your INQRI study? It would have been impossible without it. The inter-professional learning was extensive and affected each of us quite deeply. My own personal understanding of nursing, both its weaknesses and its strengths and importance, grew a lot. The nursing faculty got a lot of skill in qualitative methods and I think got a deeper understanding of how nursing is viewed by the public.

What impact has the INQRI program itself had on your research? I have done a LOT more research on nursing since INQRI. In particular, I have been evaluating the Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative, as well as projects funded by Atlantic Philanthropies for nursing. I have also joined the nursing interest group at Academy Health and within the month have presented our INQRI Phase One findings to the ANA Nursing Quality Conference, where we got incredibly positive feedback. I also did a bit of research for the Future of Nursing committee of the IOM, through INQRI's senior program officer Lori Melichar.