"PDSA-ADHD": a newly reported syndrome

J Am Board Fam Med. 2011 Nov-Dec;24(6):752-7. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2011.06.100244.


We present a satirical case report of a new syndrome, called "plan do study act-attention deficit hyperactivity disorder," or PDSA-ADHD. This syndrome is associated with the implementation of multiple simultaneous plan-do-study-act cycles as a quality improvement approach in a health care setting. This case represents a clinical warning sign of quality improvement impairment and suggests a new variant of organizational attention deficit disorder.

MeSH terms

  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
  • Humans
  • Practice Management, Medical / organization & administration
  • Practice Management, Medical / standards*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Quality Improvement / organization & administration*
  • Wit and Humor as Topic*