6 Common Mistakes in Plan, Do, Study, Act Cycles in Healthcare

Rebecca Steinfeld, an improvement advisor for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, shared common mistakes healthcare organizations make when conducting plan, do, study, act cycles in an IHI Q&A article.

PDSA cycles are tools organizations can use to improve a process by testing a change and learning from the results. Ms. Steinfeld said in the report that some common mistakes she sees in running PDSA cycles include the following:

•    Lack of detail in planning, leading to an inability to differentiate between execution and change idea failures.
•    Failure to identify the purpose of the PDSA.
•    Failure to predict PDSA results.
•    Lack of data collection planning.
•    Failure to engage PDSA participants in data analysis.
•    Failure to use PDSA findings to plan a new test.

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