QI 106: Mastering PDSA Cycles and Run Charts
This course will expand on core concepts taught in Quality Improvement 102: The Model for Improvement: Your Engine for Change. You’ll learn how to use two essential tools for clinical quality improvement: a PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) template and a run chart template. Working through simulated health care scenarios, you’ll practice using these tools and increase your knowledge of how to plan a series of tests of change, collect data, graph your results, and interpret what your graph is trying to tell you.

Note: To make the most of this course, you’ll need Microsoft Word and Excel; versions 2010 or 2013 will work best. This course is not optimized for mobile devices.

Estimated Time of Completion: 2 hours
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Release Date: 12/18/2009
Last Update Date: 3/4/2014
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Course Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Use a PDSA template to help you plan a PDSA cycle.
2. Execute a series of PDSA cycles to sequentially test changes.
3. Create a run chart using an Excel template to display data.
4. Interpret a run chart to determine if changes are leading to improvement.
Kevin Little, Ph.D, Principal, Informing Ecological Design, LLC View Profile
Kathleen Vega, BA, Freelance Writer, Kathleen B. Vega, Inc View Profile
Matthew Eggebrecht, Senior Consultant, University of Minnesota View Profile
Lloyd Provost, MS, Statistician, Associates in Process Improvement View Profile
Richard Scoville, PhD, Improvement Advisor/Consultant, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Continuing Education
Certified Professionals in Healthcare Quality 2.00 Credit hours
General Attendance 2.00 Credit hours
International General 2.00 Credit hours
Nursing Contact Hours 2.00 Credit hours
Pharmacist CPE 2.00 Credit hours UPN# 0822-0000-13-150-H05-P
US Physician CME 2.00 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.