As quality improvement teams aim to improve clinical or operational processes, it will be necessary to elicit and catalog ideas about how a process currently functions, what works well and what doesn’t, and what a future or ideal process will look like. This module describes the use of two tools for idea generation. Brainstorming is a method to quickly produce many ideas from stakeholders, with creativity, and without judgment. Affinity diagramming allows the team to categorize and better understand the complexities of the ideas they have identified. These steps usually precede multi-voting and prioritization which are described in another module.

Course Details

In this course, you will learn:
  • Describe brainstorming to generate a large volume of ideas for change
  • Describe affinity diagramming to organize ideas into categories
  • Identify opportunities to use brainstorming and affinity diagramming in healthcare quality improvement

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.

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Estimated time to Complete: 20 minutes
Credit/contact hours: .25
Expiration date: Jan 8, 2022
Publication date: Jan 8, 2020

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Course Authors

Katharine Schlag, MSN, RN, FNP

University of Virginia Department of Medicine and Department of Pediatrics, Quality & Patient Safety

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John D. Voss, MD

Professor

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