Systematic review of the application of the plan-do-study-act method to improve quality in healthcare
OPEN BMJ quality & safety | 13 Sep 2013
MJ Taylor, C McNicholas, C Nicolay, A Darzi, D Bell and JE Reed
Plan-do-study-act (PDSA) cycles provide a structure for iterative testing of changes to improve quality of systems. The method is widely accepted in healthcare improvement; however there is little overarching evaluation of how the method is applied. This paper proposes a theoretical framework for assessing the quality of application of PDSA cycles and explores the consistency with which the method has been applied in peer-reviewed literature against this framework.
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