QI 301: Guide to the IHI Open School Quality Improvement Practicum
Are you interested in conducting a quality improvement project in a clinical setting? As an example, you’d like to improve hand hygiene compliance in a unit at the hospital where you intern. If so, consider this course, which walks you step-by-step through the process of completing a quality improvement project. It will call on your knowledge and learning from many other IHI Open School courses, and help you apply quality improvement skills in a real-world setting.

Prerequisite Courses: QI 101, QI 102, QI 103

Note: This course is not required for the Basic Certificate of Completion
Estimated Time of Completion: 1 hour 15 minutes
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Release Date: 11/12/2014
Last Update Date: 11/12/2014
User RatingUser RatingUser RatingUser RatingUser Rating(7422)   View user comments   
Course Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Use the Model for Improvement to plan and carry out a quality improvement project in your local health care setting.
2. Develop a charter to guide you through a clinical quality improvement project.
3. List a family of measures — including outcome, process, and balancing measures — for your clinical quality improvement project.
4. Develop a cause and effect diagram to help you understand your theories for accomplishing your aim.
5. Use multiple Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles to test changes in a health care setting.
6. Construct a run chart that tracks measures over time for your clinical quality improvement project.
7. Create a summary report that summarizes the learning from your clinical quality improvement project.
Mike Briddon, MA, Director, Multimedia and Virtual Programs, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
James Moses, MD, MPH, Chief Quality Officer, Boston Medical Center View Profile
Jane Roessner, PhD, Writer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Continuing Education
International General 1.25 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.
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.