plan-do-study-act cycle

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plan-do-study-act cycle

A quality improvement method used to implement changes in medical practice patterns in areas where therapeutic advances occur at a rapid rate. The PDSA cycle was developed and popularised by Deming in the 1950s; it is widely used for quality improvement and forms the core of the ISO 9000 standard.

Plan-do-study-act cycle
• Plan: Review existing knowledge from practice settings and medical literature to formulate a plan.
• Do: Implement plan.
• Study: Assess effects of implemented changes.
• Act: Review the changes and modify the changes for the next cycle.
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While the CQC said they felt the doctors offered 'an excellent service' and 'staff were efficient, helpful and caring', the report highlighted areas of improvement including ensuring practice audits were undertaken and completing clinical audit cycles to monitor performance and improved outcomes for patients.
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