Selecting Themes For Improvement

Chapter Purpose

Aim. To select a worthy theme on which to focus improvement actions based on assessments made using the 5 P's, on organizational strategy, and on consideration of national or professional guidelines and recommendations.

Objectives. At the completion of this unit, you will be able to

• Define a theme for improvement.

• Describe the benefit of identifying a theme for improvement.

Describe what to consider when selecting a theme for improvement. Describe how theme selection is connected to assessment information and data.

Identify where theme selection fits in the overall improvement process. Describe the process of identifying and selecting a theme for improvement.

After assessing the microsystem and considering organizational strategies and priorities along with external recommendations, your lead improvement team should choose one theme to focus improvement activities on (see Figure 15.1). Other themes can be identified and addressed later.

FIGURE 15.1. IMPROVEMENT RAMP: THEME.

Success Measure

Action plans Gantt charts Chapter 23

Success Measure

Cause and effect diagrams Chapter 19

Process mapping flowcharts Chapter 17

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Action plans Gantt charts Chapter 23

Cause and effect diagrams Chapter 19

Process mapping flowcharts Chapter 17

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