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Aim Statement Worksheet
An effective aim statement is fundamental for every quality improvement project. Use this worksheet to help you write a clear, specific aim statement and complete the checklist to double-check your work.
QI Project Management
This tool describes strategies to effectively manage quality improvement projects, specific ideas to try within each strategy, and offers a workspace for you to note your next steps to implement the strategy.
QI Project Charter
The QI project charter provides a rationale and roadmap for the team’s improvement work that can be used to clarify thinking about what needs to be done and why. The charter helps keep the focus on a specific opportunity or problem and identifies the members of the improvement team.
Visual Management Board
A visual management board is used as a key communication tool that provides at-a-glance information about current process performance, both quantitative and qualitative data, to help clinical unit staff coordinate and guide their daily work and monitor ongoing improvement projects.
5 Whys: Finding the Root Cause
When a problem presents itself, ask Why again and again until you reach the root cause.
A driver diagram is a visual display of a team’s theory of what “drives,” or contributes to, the achievement of a project aim. This clear picture of a team’s shared view is a useful tool for communicating to a range of stakeholders where a team is testing and working.
Quality Improvement Essentials Toolkit
Download these ten essential quality improvement tools to help you with your improvement projects, continuous improvement, and quality management, whether you use the Model for Improvement, Lean, or Six Sigma.
IHI "Seven Spreadly Sins"
Improvement teams often make some common missteps when it comes to successfully sharing and spreading improvement ideas in their organizations. IHI's "Seven Spreadly Sins" infographic give teams practical tips for overcoming challenges that impede successful spread.
Improvement Project Roadmap
Improvement teams often need a roadmap for applying the science of improvement to the project management tasks associated with their improvement efforts. This step-by-step tool provides a list of essential tasks organized by five key components in all improvement efforts that team leaders, sponsors, and others can use to guide their work.
Patient Experience Data Self-Assessment
The Patient Experience Data Self-Assessment Tool and corresponding Answer Key challenges knowledge and common assumptions about what the data actually means. The tool can be used to expand your current knowledge on using patient experience data effective.
Behavioral Health Integration Capacity Assessment Tool
This tool is designed to assist behavioral health organizations in evaluating their ability to implement integrated care (specifically processes related to three approaches to integrated care: coordinate care, co-locate care, or build primary care capacity in-house), and enable them to assess existing operational and cultural infrastructure to support greater integration.
Approaches to Integrating Primary Care Services into Behavioral Health Organizations
The guide lays out a continuum of primary care and behavioral health integration, beginning with engaging individuals with severe mental illness in discussions about their physical health to full integration.
Transplant Guardian Angel Always Event
The Transplant Guardian Angel program was developed to ensure that patients and families are supported through the transplant surgical process by providing them with accurate, real-time updates and clinical information, thereby reducing anxiety and increasing effective communication between care delivery teams.
"Same Page" Transitional Care Resources for Patients and Care Partners
These resources and tools were developed for patients and their caregivers or care partners to use when planning for care or during a stay in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. The goal is to support patients, their care partners, and the team of health care providers to all be “on the same page” in understanding the patient’s health and health care needs when the patient is transitioning from one setting of care to another.
Always Use Teach Back!
The Always Use Teach Back! tools can be used to confirm patient understanding of care instructions by asking patients to repeat the instructions using their own words.
ISHAPED Patient-Centered Approach to Nurse Shift Change Bedside Report
ISHAPED (I=Introduce, S=Story, H=History, A=Assessment, P=Plan, E=Error Prevention, and D=Dialogue) focuses on making bedside shift reports more patient- and family- centered. The goal is to always include patients in the ISHAPED nursing shift-to-shift handoff process at the bedside to add an additional layer of safety by enabling the patient to communicate potential safety concerns.
SMART Discharge Protocol
The SMART Discharge Protocol (Signs, Medications, Appointments, Results, and Talk with me) was developed to improve care for patients and families and to improve the discharge process. The tools include the SMART Discharge Checklist for patients and families, FAQs for health care staff and clinicians about implementing the SMART Discharge Protocol, a presentation, and a self-learning packet.
Always Events Blueprint for Action and Always Events Healthcare Solutions Book
These tools guide organizations in creating a more person- and family-centered culture through the development and implementation of Always Events, defined as aspects of the patient experience that are so important to patients and families that health care providers should always get them right.
Severe Sepsis Bundles
The Severe Sepsis Bundles include the Severe Sepsis 3-Hour Rescuscitation Bundle and the 6-Hour Septic Shock Bundle. The Severe Sepsis Bundles have been revised in conjunction with the updated 2012 International Guidelines for Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock.
How-to Guide: Prevent Surgical Site Infection for Hip and Knee Arthroplasty
This How-to Guide describes key evidence-based interventions for preventing surgical site infection for patients undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery, describes how to implement these interventions, and recommends measures to gauge improvement.
How-to Guide: Prevent Obstetrical Adverse Events
This How-to Guide describes the essentials elements of preventing obstetrical adverse events, including the safe use of oxytocin and key evidence-based care components in the IHI Perinatal Bundles.
IHI Improvement Capability Self-Assessment Tool
The IHI Improvement Capability Self-Assessment Tool is designed to assist organizations in assessing their capability in six key areas that support improvement.
Resources for Public Health Quality Improvement
A collection of resources to help public health leaders and practitioners apply quality improvement to programs and processes, with the ultimate goal of saving lives, cutting costs, and getting better results.
Healthcare Team Vitality Instrument
A short, validated instrument to measure the vitality of health care team members; developed by Betsy Lee, RN, MSPH, and Valda Upenieks, PhD, RN, as part of the Transforming Care at the Bedside initiative.
How-to Guide: Improving Transitions from the Hospital to the Clinical Office Practice to Reduce Avoidable Rehospitalizations
This How-to Guide is designed to support office practice-based teams and their community partners in codesigning and reliably implementing improved care processes to ensure that patients who have been discharged from the hospital have an ideal transition back to the care team in the office practice, with the related goal of reducing avoidable readmissions.