QI 106 Lesson 1: Using a PDSA Template for Tests of Change
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
Learning Objectives
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.
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
You must be a registered IHI.org user to take this lesson.
You must achieve a minimum score of 75% to successfully complete this lesson.