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Use of Six Sigma for eliminating missed opportunities for prevention services.

Research paper by LisaAnn S LS Gittner, Baqar A BA Husaini, Pamela C PC Hull, Janice S JS Emerson, Suzanne S Tropez-Sims, Michelle C MC Reece, Roger R Zoorob, Robert S RS Levine

Indexed on: 30 Jan '15Published on: 30 Jan '15Published in: Journal of nursing care quality



Abstract

Delivery of primary care preventative services can be significantly increased utilizing Six Sigma methods. Missed preventative service opportunities were compared in the study clinic with the community clinic in the same practice. The study clinic had 100% preventative services, compared with only 16.3% in the community clinic. Preventative services can be enhanced to Six Sigma quality when the nurse executive and medical staff agree on a single standard of nursing care executed via standing orders.