Data Collection & Analysis

Providing the best health care requires documenting what is actually being done for patients and comparing this documentation to evidence-based clinical guidelines for similar patients.

A systematic review of a small number of patient records can yield vital information on the actual quality of care being provided.

Data may be collected in various ways: paper forms, by manually reviewing patient records, or by generating electronic reports from practice management software, client registries and/or electronic medical records.

Tips for data collection for healthcare improvement:

  • Data collection must be easy
  • Build data collection into the practice being improved
  • Collect only useful data
  • Keep the amount of data to a minimum
  • Minimize potential for errors
  • Use the improvement process to test your data collection process

The Collaborative provides a data collection tool to allow your team to monitor your progress.

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