Data Analysis: Data Collection to Improve Care

Steps to Using Data Collection to Improve Care

Get the data in shape

A run chart(, used to graph data over a period of time and identify trends, is a format that makes trends and cause and effect phenomena easy to spot.

Identify necessary changes

For example, you might decide to create standing orders or initiate contact with patients who have not received recommended care.

What you will need

  • Microsoft Excel, or a similar software package that enables the creation of charts using data points
  • A project meeting to identify changes suggested by the data
  • Decision-making authority
  • Buy-in from the team that the changes chosen are the right ones to pursue and are achievable

Difficulty: Moderate; requires analytical skills

Outcome: Awareness of how things are working now and how you want them to work

Time to Complete: One week