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Using Run Charts

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: .25
Estimated time to complete: 20 minutes
Publication Date: Oct 20, 2020
Expiration date: Oct 20, 2026
Reviewed: Oct 19, 2023


In this module, we will describe how to prepare and interpret run charts, one of the most useful tools of quality improvement. We will also examine control charts, an even more powerful method for QI. Why are run and control charts so useful? With these charts we can investigate how our systems and processes of care perform over time.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

  • Define run charts
  • Describe the value of using run charts in quality improvement
  • Recognize common rules for identifying special causes
  • Interpret run charts

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 the 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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