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Quality Improvement 101

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Date Developed: n.a.. Source: National Institute for Children's Healthcare Quality. Presenter(s): n.a.. Type: Interactive Learning Tool. Level: Introductory. Length: Self-paced.


This interactive course teaches the fundamentals of quality improvement (QI) and how to use this methodology to create effective, beneficial change. Lessons and exercises go over important elements such as the model for improvement, Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles, implementation and spread. Worksheets and other resources are included.

Learning Objectives

• Describe the necessary ingredients for improvement.

• Identify the components of an aim statement.

• Write an aim statement.

• Describe the three types of improvement measures.

• Describe the use of run charts in improvement.

• Understand the components of a run chart and the information it provides.

• Follow the steps in a Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle to test a change.

• Describe the key components of an implementation strategy.

• Describe the Breakthrough Series learning collaborative framework for spread.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.