Three Effective Ways to Pick Quality Improvement Targets

Many quality improvement (QI) programs are less effective than they could be, because they have difficulty in selecting intervention targets that are meaningful to staff and which set achievement targets that do not seem to be arbitrary and imposed from above. This post sketches three approaches to initiating QI initiatives, and wraps them together in a way that staff may applaud.

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