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How PDSA Cycles Can Help Redesign Your Practice’s Workflow


Keywords: Primary Care, Quality Improvement

Changing a clinical workflow can be a stressful and complex undertaking, but the Plan-Do-Study-Act approach can make the process easier and more productive for both leaders and staff. Along with other insight and guidance, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) offers a helpful snapshot of the PDSA process in its Practice Facilitation Handbook.

AHRQ breaks the improvement cycle down into simple steps:

  1. Establish a Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Cycle
  2. Plan Your Redesign
  3. Execute Change on a Small Scale — and Continue to Refine
  4. Repeat

Download the PDSA Cycle Infographic

Additional information on PDSA cycles and other tools can be found in AHRQ’s Module 5: Mapping & Redesigning Workflow.


Tags: Data & Evaluation, Infographic, Leadership & Change Management, Social Health Team & Workflow

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