QI 103: Measuring for Improvement

Measurement is essential in any improvement work: It tells you if the changes you are testing are leading to improvement. But measurement for improvement is different from measurement for research or measurement for accountability. In this course, you’ll learn how to use three basic kinds of measures: outcome, process, and balancing measures. You’ll learn how to collect, display, and interpret data — to ensure that measurement accelerates the pace of change, rather than slowing it down.

Estimated Time of Completion: 1 hour 15 minutes
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Release Date: 6/1/2009
Last Update Date: 11/19/2015
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Course Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Describe the process of collecting data for improvement work.
2. Explain the value of sampling within quality improvement work.
3. Explain the value of tracking and plotting data over time.
4. Identify and interpret the basic elements of a run chart.
Robert Lloyd, PhD, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Sandy Murray, MA, Improvement Advisor, CT Concepts View Profile
Lloyd Provost, MS, Statistician, Associates in Process Improvement View Profile
Laura Fink, Senior Managing Editor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Jane Roessner, PhD, Writer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Continuing Education
Certified Professionals in Healthcare Quality 1.00 Credit hours
General Attendance 1.00 Credit hours
International General 1.00 Credit hours
Nursing Contact Hours 1.00 Credit hours
Pharmacist CPE 1.00 Credit hours UPN# 0822-0000-13-089-H05-P
US Physician CME 1.00 Credit hours

In support of improving patient care, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity has been approved by the National Association for Healthcare Quality for CPHQ CE credit.
You must be a registered IHI.org user to take this course.
You must complete all the lessons within this course and achieve a minimum score of 75% in order to receive credit for the course.