QI 106 Lesson 2: A Deeper Dive into PDSA
In Lesson 1, you learned about the many advantages of using PDSA cycles to test changes for improvement, and how a PDSA template can be a vital part of the process. In this lesson, we’ll give you even more practical tips for conducting tests of change in your clinical setting, including how to increase the scale and scope of your test cycles without muddying the results. You’ll follow along with an example as a primary care office tests a depression screening tool. Working through this scenario, you’ll learn how to ensure accurate data collection, and make adjustments if a test of change doesn’t go as planned.

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: 30 minutes
Learning Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
1. PLAN a series of PDSA cycles to sequentially build knowledge.
2. DO a PDSA test in which you carefully observe and record your results.
3. STUDY the results of a PDSA test; if your change hasn’t led to improvement, determine what went wrong.
4. ACT according to the results of a PDSA test, adjusting your test of change as necessary.
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
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You must achieve a minimum score of 75% to successfully complete this lesson.