Familiarity with key quality improvement organizations is essential to a well-rounded health care professional. This assignment has you access the NQF website and then to think critically about the DMAIC process central to Six Sigma.
As a quality improvement professional, you have been asked to weigh in on a debate among members of a quality improvement team. The team uses the DMAIC (Define Measure Analyze Improve Control) approach to improvement outlined in the Six Sigma methodology. Some team members believe that by using measures reviewed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) the team does not have to concern itself with the Define and Measure phases of the Six Sigma methodology since these steps are essentially embedded in the NQF’s review process. Others disagree arguing that the NQF simply provides an avenue for clinicians to share clinical practice guidelines ( CPGs) and is not a substitute for the Define and Measure steps.
Access the NQF website and review the “Setting Priorities” and “Measuring Performance” tabs found at the bottom of the homepage. Based on your review of the NQF site and your understanding from the textbook chapters copied above, demonstrate or explain in a three hundred essay detailing your opinion regarding the need to include the Define and Measure phase of the DMAIC process.
The National Quality Forum. Retrieved from http://www.qualityforum.org/Home.aspx
American Society for Quality. The define, measure, analyze, improve, control (DMAIC) Process. Retrieved from https://asq.org/quality-resources/dmaic
Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC). Retrieved from http://cdn.ttgtmedia.com/searchSoftwareQuality/downloads/ect01TreasurechestSixSigma.pdf
Lean2020R. (2008, April 25). Lean Six Sigma White Belt- Six Sigma. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/xs5UthkDsD0
Johnson, J.K. & Sollecito, W.A. McLaughlin and Kaluzny’s Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care, fifth edition. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
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