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Effective Quality Planning
Quality planning is the essential first step of IHI's Whole System Quality approach to overall quality management. This article describes effective quality planning that engages multidisciplinary health care leaders in clearly defining the systemwide quality goals, sets priorities, responds to external evaluations of performance, ensures there are sufficient resources to meet the goals, and leverages existing data systems to identify aligned opportunities for improvement.
Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement: A Guide to Improving Your Patients' Care
This book is intended to help health professional learners diagnose, measure, analyze, change, and lead improvements in health care, with the aim to shape reliable, high-quality systems of care in partnership with patients.
An Equity Agenda for the Field of Health Care Quality Improvement
Convened by the National Academy of Medicine, leaders of seven prominent US health care quality organizations identified equity as the most important priority for the health care quality movement in the next 20 years. This paper summarizes key barriers and strategies to advancing equity in health care quality.
An Integrated Approach to Quality
This article describes how whole system quality, an integrated organization-wide approach to quality, can help health care leaders build more responsive and resilient health systems.
Better Maternal Outcomes Quality Improvement Workbooks
Developed as part of the Better Maternal Outcomes Rapid Improvement Network, the workbooks contain descriptions, examples, and templates for tools that teams can use to guide their quality improvement (QI) work focused on improving maternal health outcomes and equity.
Accelerating Population Health Improvement
This article describes how applying improvement methods to population health improvement efforts could help close equity gaps.
Whole System Quality
This white paper describes a more holistic approach to quality management that integrates quality planning, quality control, and quality improvement activities across the organization, supported by leadership practices that foster a culture of learning.
100 Million Healthier Lives: Using Improvement Science to Accelerate Community Transformation
This collection of resources, developed as part of the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative (100MLives), provides practical guidance on how to use improvement methods and tools in community-based settings to advance health, well-being, and equity.
There Can Be No Quality Without Equity
Quality improvement tools and methods are well suited to an effort to improve equity in health and care. The missing ingredients over the past decades have been strategic intent and a sharply focused equity lens. The IHI Framework for Improving Health Equity can serve as a foundation for change in health care.
Implementing Daily Management Systems to Support Sustained Quality Improvement in Ambulatory Surgery Centers
IHI's high-performance management system (HPMS) was piloted in several ambulatory surgery centers to understand the applicability of quality control using related practices (e.g., standardized daily huddles, visual management boards), and to understand the approach's impact on sustaining improvement in patient care.
Novel Quality Improvement Method to Reduce Cost While Improving the Quality of Patient Care
This article describes continuous value management (CVM), an approach developed by IHI in partnership with NHS Highland that is derived from Lean accounting and employs quality improvement (QI) methods, to assist health systems to decrease operating costs and reduce or repurpose resources to improve efficiency.
Quality Improvement Team Member Matrix Worksheet
Effective quality improvement (QI) teams are multidisciplinary and include different areas of expertise. Use this worksheet to help you form a QI team that represents a range of perspectives and expertise.
QI Team Member Work Styles Inventory Worksheet
Quality improvement (QI) team members can use this worksheet to identify their preferred work styles.
Quality Improvement Project Measures Worksheet
Use this worksheet to identify the process, outcome, and balancing measures for your quality improvement project.
Quality Improvement Project Change Concepts Worksheet
A change concept is a general notion or approach to change that has been found to be useful in developing specific ideas for improvement. Use this worksheet to choose and explore relevant change concepts for a quality improvement project.
Sustainability Planning Worksheet
Teams may use this worksheet to help plan for the long-term sustainability of an improvement effort.
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.
The Answer to Culture Change: Everyday Management Tactics
This article describes the High-Performance Management System, a model developed by IHI to drive sustained value improvement using a clear rhythm of performance measurement and communication via huddles and visual management.
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.
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.