INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
For a small QI project, change is possible just with the locally available resources. Burn nurse, participant of the quality improvement course in Malawi, organized by the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research Malawi quality improvement course: overview The quality improvement course in Malawi aimed to train burn nurses to critically evaluate their burn unit and identify a problem which they felt they had the power to change for the better. Participants were introduced to specific skills to help them design and deliver a QI project, including project planning, data analysis, and leadership. These nurses undertook quality improvement projects as part of this course, following the eight-step plan created by the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research. Details of the participants’ projects are used, with their permission, to provide real-world examples of how such projects can work in practice.
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participants and their QI projects in the next section before working through the eight steps. You will find that real life documents and data from these projects are used to give you an idea what these steps can look like. These real life examples are all from Malawi and Ethiopia, showing the barriers and facilitators faced by the participants when implementing their projects in low-resourced settings. This practical guide provides a basic outline of the eight steps of a quality improvement project, and we encourage you to work through these with your own QI project in mind. There are also links to some videos and further material for self-study if you would like to know more about quality improvement processes after working through this guide.
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