Quality improvement tools and processes

Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2015 Apr;26(2):177-87, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.nec.2014.11.016. Epub 2015 Jan 31.


The Model for Improvement and the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle is a popular quality improvement (QI) tool for health care providers to successfully lead QI projects and redesign care processes. This tool has several distinct components that must be addressed in sequence to organize and critically evaluate improvement activities. Unlike other health sciences clinical research, QI projects and research are based on dynamic hypotheses that develop into observable, serial tests of change with continuous collection and feedback of performance data to stakeholders.

Keywords: Model for Improvement; Quality improvement; Quality improvement project management; Quality improvement tools.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Neurosurgical Procedures / standards*
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care*
  • Quality Improvement*