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Recognizing Clinical Practice Variation

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: .25
Estimated time to complete: 15 minutes
Publication Date: Oct 20, 2020
Expiration date: Oct 20, 2026
Reviewed: Oct 19, 2023


Imagine the perfect dish of spaghetti. Now imagine eating it every night. Or, once youve developed the perfect recipe, you keep trying variations that never taste quite as good as the original. Too little or too much variation kills our appetites. Examining and managing variation is a fundamental task of quality improvement. We can distinguish between variation in our processes of work and in the outcomes of our work. In either case, variation can be useful or harmful. How can we understand when variation is desirable and when it is not? The solution lies in determining whether the variation you see serves a useful purpose.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

  • Define common and special cause variation
  • Recognize tampering and its consequences

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.The course will open in a new tab - to exit the course, simply close the tab.

John D. Voss, MD

John D. Voss, MD, is in the Division of General Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care at the University of Virginia.

DISCLOSURE: This individual reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

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