Use of a control chart to monitor diarrhoea admissions: a quality improvement exercise in West Kalimantan Provincial Hospital, Pontianak, Indonesia

J Qual Clin Pract. 1999 Sep;19(3):145-7. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1762.1999.00318.x.


Data on the number of admissions for diarrhoea each week to the West Kalimantan Provincial Hospital, Pontianak, Indonesia over a 5 year period, 1992-1996, were collected. After cleaning and exclusion of extreme values, transformation was then performed to ensure that the data were free of special cause variation and normally distributed. A control chart was then constructed to provide an 'early warning' system for hospital authorities in order to facilitate the management of the epidemic and to improve patient care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diarrhea / epidemiology*
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Forms and Records Control
  • Humans
  • Indonesia / epidemiology
  • Medical Records*
  • Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data
  • Retrospective Studies