Quality Tool Usage at IHI 2016 Poster Presentations
I’ve been monitoring the use of quality tools at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement conference for over a decade. This year there was a slight uptick in the use of control charts, but still far below my expectations.
How can healthcare hope to achieve and sustain improvements without control charts?
There were over 500 posters, but too many had no charts at all.
I was there in 2006 when Don Berwick asked every attendee to commit to using science and evidence. I was there in 2015 when he repeated the request, asking for control charts, Pareto charts and histograms of performance improvement. Sadly, few attendees have gotten the message, or they aren’t putting charts in their posters.