• Review
  • Published December 2016

A primer on PDSA: executing plan–do–study–act cycles in practice, not just in name.

Although plan–do–study–act (PDSA) cycles were promoted as an in-depth rapid-cycle improvement mechanism, this process can fall short of advancing an organization's improvement work. Exploring shortcomings as reflected in the literature, this article relates insights drawn from a project review to discuss how to effectively use PDSA cycles in patient safety work.

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