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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.
Invite the Next Generation to Lead
Reflecting on lessons from 10 years of the IHI Open School, this article shares five practical ideas for how can health care organizations can engage the next generation of health professionals as powerful change agents and leaders.
Human-Centered Design and Performance Improvement: Better Together
Kaiser Permanente, an IHI Strategic Partner, is fusing methods from human-centered design and performance improvement to systematically partner with patients, families, and customers to co-design better care, systems, and programs.
The Scottish Improvement Journey: A Nationwide Approach to Improvement
Learn about Scotland’s 10-year effort to apply quality improvement on a national scale to improve patient safety, including an in-depth review of the successful Scottish Patient Safety Programme, and further QI efforts that spread across Scotland into new social policy areas such as children’s services, education, and justice.
Using Quality Improvement Methods to Combat Poverty: Northeast Wisconsin's POINT Initiative
This case study provides an overview of the Poverty Outcomes and Improvement Network Team (POINT) initiative, a multiyear regional effort to reduce poverty in Northeast Wisconsin by teaching nonprofit organizations how to use quality improvement methods and tools to improve the services they provide to those in the community living in poverty.
WIHI: Giving Patients and Families the Tools to Be Health Care Improvers
May 17, 2018 | Patients and families are playing a greater role in health care quality improvement. Now, some organizations believe it's essential for patients and families to have training in basic improvement to enhance their influence and involvement.
Building Improvement Capacity and Capability: A "Dosing" Approach
This article describes the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's "dosing" approach to building improvement capacity and capability by establishing and deploying targeted levels of improvement knowledge and skills throughout an organization.
Highly Adoptable Improvement: A Practical Model and Toolkit to Address Adoptability and Sustainability of Quality Improvement Initiatives
This article presents the Highly Adoptable Improvement Model, a practical model and supporting tools developed on the basis of existing theories to help quality improvement (QI) programs design more adoptable approaches that lead to more sustainable improvement.
How to Attribute Causality in Quality Improvement: Lessons from Epidemiology
This article proposes quality improvement and implementation initiatives in health care, regardless of scope and resources, can be enhanced by applying epidemiological principles adapted from Bradford Hill Criteria to strengthen evidence of effectiveness.
Are Quality Improvement Collaboratives Effective? A Systematic Review
In a systematic review of the literature on quality improvement collaboratives, a widely adopted approach to shared learning and improvement in health care, the authors conclude that, overall, the QI collaboratives included in their review reported significant improvements in targeted clinical processes and patient outcomes.
WIHI: QI Takes on Veteran and Chronic Homelessness
October 12, 2017 | Using an improvement science approach and campaign-style momentum, one initiative is dramatically increasing monthly rates of housing homeless individuals across the US, including veterans and the chronically homeless.
A Framework to Guide Practice Facilitators in Building Capacity
Engaging practice facilitators — individuals trained to build the improvement skills of ambulatory care teams — is an increasingly attractive approach, supported by a growing body of evidence that these facilitators are highly effective. This article lays out a framework to guide practice facilitators in building improvement capacity.
QI 102: How to Improve with the Model for Improvement
IHI Open School online courses are multimedia learning modules that offer continuing education credits and teach practical skills to improve quality and safety in health care.
Evaluating Complex Health Interventions: A Guide to Rigorous Research Designs
This publication describes a range of research design approaches that can be used to enhance the rigor of evaluations, thereby improving the quality of the evidence upon which decisions are made and ultimately improving the public’s health.
WIHI: How to Beat the Boring Aspects of QI
June 14, 2017 | Learning from failure is an important part of quality improvement in health care. But what can we learn from improvement efforts that languish or stall due to the inglorious nature of the work itself?
WIHI: Seven Popular Improvement Tools: How (and When) to Use Them
May 18, 2017 | Make sure you’re getting the most out of key improvement tools like PDSA, run chart and control chart, driver diagram, and more — and know when to use them in your improvement work.
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.
WIHI: Claiming the Edge with Quality Improvement in Communities
February 23, 2017 | Communities in Wisconsin, Scotland, and Boston are building coalitions to change the trajectory of people’s lives and health for the better. Using quality improvement methods and tools to tackle socioeconomic issues is proving to be a game changer in all three locations.
Ensuring Healthcare Improvements Stick
This article describes six management principles, leadership practices, core competencies, and mental models that all play a role in generating and sustaining improvement.
Four Steps to Sustaining Improvement in Health Care
To learn how to build systems that sustain improvement, IHI studied health care organizations that were able to achieve standout results and then build on them. This article highlights four steps, derived from insights from their work, on how to get started with introducing new standard work processes for point-of-care staff.
Triple Aim in Canada: Developing Capacity to Lead to Better Health, Care, and Cost
This article reports on the work of nine Canadian health care organizations to embed the Triple Aim (better care, health, and cost) across Canada. The nine sites participated in IHI’s Triple Aim Improvement Community in order to build a solid Triple Aim infrastructure, develop quality improvement capacity, and foster a culture of health care improvement.
Building a Culture of Improvement at East London NHS Foundation Trust
East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) in the UK provides mental health and community services to a diverse and largely low-income population. By establishing an organization-wide culture of continuous improvement, and integrating quality improvement methodology and training at every level of work, ELFT has significantly reduced incidents of inpatient violence and improved staff satisfaction, among other achievements.