Applying control charts to quality improvement

J Healthc Qual. 1996 Nov-Dec;18(6):32-41. doi: 10.1111/j.1945-1474.1996.tb00868.x.


This article reviews the definitions and principles that should guide the use of control charts in healthcare quality. Several examples from the literature are used to illustrate significant problems and issues in control chart construction.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Data Interpretation, Statistical*
  • Education, Continuing
  • Hospital Administration / standards*
  • Hospital Administration / statistics & numerical data
  • Hospital Costs
  • Information Services
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care*
  • Time and Motion Studies