A PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) template asks the basic questions you need to answer to carry out an effective PDSA cycle to test a change in a clinical setting. In this lesson, we’ll give you the PDSA template we use for improvement projects at IHI, and go over it step-by-step. Through an example, you’ll see why careful planning can be key to the success of a health care improvement project. Finally, you’ll download and begin to fill out a PDSA template to prepare for your own test of change.
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
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
1. List the components of a PDSA template.
2. Use the PDSA template to begin planning a real-life improvement project.
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to take this lesson.
You must achieve a minimum score of
% to successfully complete this lesson.