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IHI Psychology of Change Framework
This white paper is a guide for all leaders interested in understanding the underlying psychology of change and leveraging its power to impact quality improvement efforts: to achieve breakthrough results, sustainably, at scale.
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.
Are You Using Data the Right Way?
Health care leaders rely on data to guide decisions, yet when data is misinterpreted it impacts the quality of those decisions. This article discusses using data the right way to inform decisions, including control charts to display and interpret data over time.
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.
Making Improvement Interventions Happen — The Work Before the Work: Four Leaders Speak
IHI Senior Fellow Paul Batalden asked four expert leaders how they prepare for making improvement interventions in health care happen. What they reveal provides inspiration, guidance, and practical knowledge.
A huddle is a short, stand-up meeting — 10 minutes or less — that is typically used once at the start of each workday in a clinical setting and gives teams a way to actively manage quality and safety, including a review of important standard work such as checklists.
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.
A Six-Country Collaborative Quality Improvement Initiative to Improve Nutrition and Decrease Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
This article is the first report of the effectiveness of using quality improvement in a large-scale multicountry effort in Africa to improve infant survifal by reducing postnatal maternal-to-child transmission of HIV in breast feeding HIV-positive mothers.
Using a Multicountry Learning Network to Harvest and Rapidly Spread Implementation Knowledge to Reduce Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
This article describes the value of creating a quality improvement–driven, multicountry learning network to accelerate the pace of improving care systems in Africa to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Applying Quality Improvement Approaches to Reduce Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission and Improve Health and Nutrition Care in Five Countries
This article describes the application of quality improvement (QI) methods, as part of the Partnership for HIV-Free Survival, to support governments and facility staff in five African countries in reducing maternal-to-child transmission of HIV.
Focus on Quality
Get With The Guidelines is a program that helps ensure consistent application of the most recent scientific guidelines for heart disease and stroke treatment.
Leading Quality Across a System
This article describes five core drivers for effective health care chief quality officers (CQOs) in their role of overseeing and aligning quality efforts within and across health care systems.
Science of Improvement: How to Improve
The fundamentals of improvement in health care: the Model for Improvement, setting aims, forming teams, establishing measures, and selecting and testing changes.
A Framework for Scaling Up Health Interventions: Lessons from Large-Scale Improvement Initiatives in Africa
Scale-up of complex health interventions to large populations is not a straightforward task. This article details a sequence of four steps for taking a health intervention to full scale, properties that facilitate adoption of the new ideas, and the infrastructure required to support the scale-up.
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.
Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Tool
A systematic, proactive method for evaluating a process or product to identify where and how it might fail and to assess the relative impact of different failures, in order to identify the parts of the process that are most in need of change.
How to Improve
Learn about the fundamentals of the Model for Improvement and testing changes on a small scale using Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles.
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.
Impact Evaluation of a Quality Improvement Intervention on Maternal and Child Health Outcomes in Northern Ghana: Early Assessment of a National Scale-up Project
This study of the early phase of Project Fives Alive! to improve key maternal and child health outcomes in Ghana demonstrates that the quality improvement (QI) approach of testing and implementing simple, low-cost, locally-inspired changes has the potential to lead to improved health outcomes at scale both in Ghana and other low- and middle-income countries.
A Guide to Measuring the Triple Aim: Population Health, Experience of Care, and Per Capita Cost
This white paper provides suggested measures for the three dimensions of the Triple Aim, accompanied by data sources and examples, and describes how these measures might be used along with process and outcome measures for particular projects to create a learning system to achieve the Triple Aim.
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.
Pursuing the Triple Aim: The First Seven Years
The concept of the Triple Aim is now widely used, because of IHI’s work with many organizations and also because of the adoption of the Triple Aim as part of the national strategy for US health care. Drawing on IHI's seven years of experience, this article describes the three major principles that guided the organizations and communities working with IHI on the Triple Aim.
The Employer-Led Health Care Revolution
Intel is using Lean improvement methods to manage the quality and cost of its health care suppliers in Portland, OR. Their Healthcare Marketplace Collaborative model holds potential for employers, with their large purchasing power, to take the lead in securing better health for local populations and lowering costs for employees and companies alike.
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.
10 New Rules to Accelerate Healthcare Redesign
This article describes ten "new rules" that were developed and are being tested by members of the IHI Leadership Alliance as a set of guiding principles to help accelerate their progress toward delivering on the full promise of the Triple Aim. The authors also provide brief case examples demonstrating how Alliance member organizations are enacting some of these rules.