Use of Data in Quality Improvement

The Use of Data in Quality Improvement Module is an online learning module that begins with a lesson, and contains a 6 question post-test with accompanying answers, rationales, and references. When the participant selects an answer, immediate feedback (i.e., rationale) is given explaining the correct answer.

Quick Facts

Format: Internet-based module beginning with a lesson, and followed by a post-test of 6 questions with accompanying answers, rationales, and references.

CME Credit: Three (3) AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

Passing Score: >75% (5/6) required for CME credit


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

  • Explain types of data used for quality improvement
  • Describe simple methods to assess the impact of quality improvement interventions
  • Compare and contrast available sources of data for quality measurement
  • Interpret data displayed in various formats, such as graphs, tables, and figures
  • Explain basic principles of run charts, control charts, and statistical process control



In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, SHM requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. SHM resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. All relevant financial relationships shall be disclosed to participants prior to the start of the activity.

Furthermore, SHM seeks to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a continuing medical education (CME) activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. SHM is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME activities that promote improvements in healthcare and not those of a commercial interest.

CME Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Blackwell Futura Media Services and the Society of Hospital Medicine. Blackwell Futura Media Services is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Blackwell Futura Media Services designates this online activity for 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.00 Non-physician
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Dimitriy Levin MD

Kevin J. O’Leary MD, MS

2017 Update

Danielle Smith MD

The authors report having no significant financial or advisory relationships with corporate organizations related to this activity.

Available Credit

  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.00 Non-physician


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