Difference among QI, Research, and EBP

 Difference among QI, Research, and EBP

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 Some are confused by the difference among Quality improvement, research, and evidence-based practice.                      

The table below is a brief differentiation  among  QI, research, and EBP

QI

EBP

RESEARCH

Purpose Improve Patient Care Change Practice Generate New Knowledge
Method PDCA Level of Evidence Qualitative, Quantitative
Sample Unit Level Patient Population Representative
Human Subjects IRB approval IRB approval Need IRB approval
Data Collection Evaluation Search Appraise Validity
Results Improve process Impact Add to body of knowledge
Implications Process change – nit level Practice change Understanding change
Dissemination Usually Unit/Agency Practice standards Scientific community

 

In Summary

 Examples of  QI method:

1. Six Sigma 

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                                                                                                                    2. Appreciative Inquiry (AI)

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