When something in the healthcare environment is not working right, quality improvement (QI) methods may be applied to improve them. QI tools and methods are important in clinical settings because they allow for the definition of a specific aim for what needs to be improved, followed by a series of rapid tests that measure improvement related to that aim. Our office collaborates with QI stakeholders to connect QI work with the latest evidence and assists with connecting QI activities to EBP and research activities. This page will connect you with some tools and resources and link to other QI resources at VUMC.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement has developed and adapted tools to help organizations accelerate improvement. In addition, many organizations have developed tools in the course of their improvement efforts — for example, QI essentials toolkit, driver diagrams, PDA worksheet, scatter diagrams — and are making them available on IHI.org for others to use or adapt in their own organizations.