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Table 1 Main events during the project period

From: A new pathway for elective surgery to reduce cancellation rates

Time Activity
June 2007 Decision by the board of the local health authority to increase the number of day surgeries
September 2007 Report from work group suggests measures to increase day surgeries in a new day-surgery center
Fall 2007 Decision by top management of the local health authority to work more systematically with quality improvement and develop a common strategy for conducting quality improvement projects
Establishment of a small unit to support frontline professionals in running improvement projects
January 2008 Remodeling of premises for a day-surgery center
February 2008 Project groups redesign the pathway for elective surgery
March 3, 2008 Opening of day-surgery center and implementation of new clinical pathway
April 2008 Implementation of electronic system for scheduling and planning surgery
2008-2010 Follow-up and adaptation of interventions to sustain improvement