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The Health Care Data Guide: Learning from Data for Improvement by Sandra Murray, Lloyd P Provost

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CHAPTER 10

LEARNING FROM INDIVIDUAL PATIENT DATA

Health care is about caring for patients by helping them maintain their health and diagnosing and curing health problems when they occur. When patients interact with the health system at a clinic visit or hospital stay, many measurements are obtained to learn about each individual patient’s health. The methods to learn from variation described in this book can be used to aid clinicians in gaining insight and making decisions from these data.

This chapter presents examples of applying the methods presented in earlier chapters (focusing on run charts and Shewhart charts) to data from individual patients. The objective is to inspire clinicians to use these methods to better learn from the variation ...

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