Quality Improvement Essentials Toolkit  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

IHI’s Quality Improvement Essentials Toolkit includes the tools and templates you need to launch a successful quality improvement project and manage performance improvement. Each of the ten tools can be used with the Model for Improvement, Lean, or Six Sigma, and includes a short description, instructions, an example, and a blank template.

The QI tools include:

  • Cause and Effect Diagram: Also known as the Ishikawa or fishbone diagram, this tool helps you analyze the root causes contributing to an outcome.
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis: Also used in Lean management and Six Sigma, FMEA is a systematic, proactive method for identifying potential risks and their impact.
  • Run Charts: These charts help you monitor performance over time.
  • PDSA Worksheet: Plan-Do-Study-Act rapid-cycle testing helps teams assess whether a change leads to improvement using a methodical learning process.

Download the complete toolkit with all ten tools or download individual tools as you need them to guide your continuous improvement work.

*NOTE: Before filling out the templates, first save the PDF files to your computer. Then open and use that version of the tool. Otherwise, your changes will not be saved.

There’s also a short, less-than-2-minutes video regarding the toolkit available on this webpage.

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