Data Analysis: Data Collection to Improve Care
Steps to Using Data Collection to Improve Care
Get the data in shape
A run chart(en.wikipedia.org), 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