How to do a quality improvement project
Jen Perry, clinical lead of BMJ Quality, talks you through how to carry out your own quality improvement project
Clinicians get involved in quality improvement (QI) projects for a number of reasons, ranging from the desire to improve patient care through to developing their leadership skills and enhancing their CV by publishing the findings.
To follow on from the last article in this series about why medical students should get involved in quality improvement,1 this article provides an overview of how to undertake a QI project at medical school.
Medical students on clinical placements are well positioned to get involved in quality improvement because as active observers they tend to have time to give a fresh perspective on how services are run. Projects can vary in length, with some taking only a few weeks, which is ideal for students who are on short clinical placements.
The NHS Institute for Healthcare Improvement defines quality improvement as “the combined and unceasing efforts of everyone—healthcare professionals, patients and their families, researchers, payers,