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.
Nursing Research office is your biggest resource and we are here to help you successfully navigate your QI project journey!
Here are some additional resources you will need:
- This pdf will help to guide your search to answer your clinical questions
- To complete your Human Subject Protection (IRB) training
- Here is the template for you to construct the process of your QI project study.
- We suggest to use REDCap for storing data or creating a survey. Go here for set up a profile and much more!