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How To Improve


This guide from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) offers information and tools on quality improvement. IHI uses the Model for Improvement as the framework to guide improvement work. This model is a simple yet powerful tool for accelerating improvement. This guide includes information on the fundamentals of the model, and on testing changes on a small scale by using plan-do-study-act cycles. 

The guide is divided into the following sections:
  • Introduction
  • Forming the team
  • Setting aims
  • Establishing measures
  • Selecting changes
  • Testing changes
  • Implementing changes
  • Spreading changes 

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Associates in Process Improvement; Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Funding Sources

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

QualityTool Topic

quality improvement strategies


  • Release Date: 12/2012
  • Original Summary: 10/2013
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Last updated: December 18, 2013.