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.
Estimated Time of Completion: 30 minutes
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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.
Contributors
Author(s):
Kevin Little, Ph.D, Principal, Informing Ecological Design, LLC View Profile
Editor(s):
Kathleen Vega, BA, Freelance Writer, Kathleen B. Vega, Inc View Profile
Reviewer(s):
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
Requirements
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.