Senior Leadership Support

An abbreviation initiative will have widespread implications for communication between healthcare providers. A successful abbreviation initiative requires clear commitment and direction from executive leadership of the organization. A project sponsor with executive authority can provide liaison with other areas of the organization that might be impacted, ensure that the initiative aligns with the strategic aims of the organization, and secure resources and overcome barriers on behalf of the project team.21

Initiatives that will require practice changes to be made in multiple organizations will be more complex. Multiple project sponsors representing each collaborating group or organization might be needed. For example, in an initiative involving a supportive living facility and multiple pharmacies that provide services to the residents, sponsors might include the care director of the facility and managers of the pharmacies involved.

Engage senior leadership as a project sponsor early by building a case for the initiative using information gathered from the literature and data to define the local problem.