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Quality Improvement: The PDSA Cycle, Themes and Aims

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: .25
Estimated time to complete: 20 minutes
Publication Date: Sept 4, 2019
Expiration date: Sept 3, 2025
Reviewed: Sept 3, 2022


In this module we look at how to develop Themes and Aims, the first step of the Do Study Act (PDSA) cycle. We explore how to identify Themes for improvement, develop Global Aims, and narrow those down to Specific Aims.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

  • Define the PDSA cycle
  • Define themes, global aims and specific aims
  • Describe the relationship between themes, aims and the PDSA cycle
  • Identify high quality theme and aim statements
  • Prepare theme and aim statements

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab - to exit the course, simply close that tab.

John D. Voss, MD

John D. Voss, MD, is in the Division of General Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care at the University of Virginia.

DISCLOSURE: This individual reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

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