Activity ID



December 31, 2024

Format Type


CME Credit



$270 Subscript.

CME Provider: Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Description of CME Course

In this course, we’ll delve into how to draw an effective run chart. We’ll show you how adding helpful elements such as a baseline median, goal line, and annotations of your tests of change can create a compelling picture of your progress toward improvement. We’ll teach you the difference between common cause and special cause variation. And we’ll show you how to detect signs of special cause variation by applying four rules to a standard run chart or by drawing a control chart. Once you’ve got that down, we’ll introduce you to three more great tools for displaying data and learning from the variation you’re seeing.

The IHI Open School offers a range of online courses created by world-renowned faculty in improvement capability, patient safety, triple aim for populations, person- and family-centered care, leadership, and quality, cost, and value. Each course takes approximately 1 to 2 hours to complete and consists of three to five lessons that end with assessments.

Diplomate Engagement

Learners must complete the course and achieve a passing score of 75% on each post-lesson assessment to receive a certificate of completion.

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Educational Objectives

Draw a run chart that includes a baseline median, a goal line, and annotations.
Describe the difference between common and special cause variation.
Explain the purpose of a Shewhart (or control) chart.
Apply four rules to identify non-random patterns on a run chart.
Explain when and how to use the following tools for understanding variation in data: histograms, Pareto charts, and scatter plots.


Health Care Improvement, Health Care Errors, Systems Thinking, Improvement Model, Aims, Measures, Outcome Measures, Process Measures, Balancing Measures, Change Concept, Theories of Change, PDSA Cyle, Run Chart, Shewhart Chart, Deming's Theory, Display Data, Collection Data, Quality Improvement, Quality Care, Innovation


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Systems-based Practice

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Physician Well-being activity

Organizational Culture of Wellness

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Physician Executives, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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