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Driver Diagrams: How to Develop and Display Your QI Theory





Credit Hours: CME 0.75

Target Audience:

Health care providers and staff interested in quality improvement work

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify appropriate components of a driver diagram.
  • Explain the importance of illustrating the theory and rationale behind QI interventions.

Joint Sponsor Statement - Note: This Accreditation Statement Supersedes All Other Statements This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Pennsylvania Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits'. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .10 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.0 contact hours.

Faculty for this activity have been requested to identify significant financial or other relationships with manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) or with provider(s) of any commercial service(s) which might affect the balance of their presentation.

Suggested Additional Reading:

  • Ildiko H. Koves et al, Pediatrics 2014:134:e848-e856.
  •  Mondoux S, Shojania KG.  Evidence-based medicine: A cornerstone for clinical care but not for quality improvement. J Eval Clin Pract. 2019 Jun; 25(3):363-368. doi:10.1111/jeap 13135. 

Lori Rutman, MD, MPH — Associate Professor, University of Washington, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Seattle Children's Hospital
No relationships with industry relevant to the content of this educational activity have been disclosed.
No other members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢

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