IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM
STEP 1: IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM
It may seem obvious, but the first step of a QI project is to IDENTIFY the problem. To do this, you must also understand what SHOULD be happening in practice, so you can create an effective project that addresses the problem in a meaningful way.
How do you identify a problem? If you are a clinical member of staff you may already have a topic in mind that you want to work on, or maybe you want to do a QI project, but you don’t have a clear idea yet. Either way it is important to observe the area of interest to see what is currently happening in practice. Other methods to identify a problemmight include: clinical audits, incident reports, patient outcomes. See some examples of our participants when they were at the “Identifying the problem” stage, in the example overleaf.
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