Inside best practice: Formalized performance improvement model

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, February 22, 2010

Using a formalized performance improvement model and a team-based approach will yield a structured and effective way to quickly improve practices related to each healthcare-associated condition (HAC) and will provide an ongoing mechanism for addressing new conditions.

The Plan–Do–Check–Act (PDCA) model is a simple yet powerful tool for process improvement. This method has been modified over the years and originated within the manufacturing industry. The PDCA model has been used more recently in the healthcare industry and has been adapted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement as a successful tool in achieving and sustaining clinical and patient safety improvement. The method begins with three fundamental questions:

  • What are we trying to improve?
  • How will we know that we had improvement?
  • What changes will be made to lead to improvement?

Source: This excerpt is from the February issue of HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. Don’t have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro’s Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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