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Making Your Data Work:
Tools and Templates for Effective Analysis

Kenneth Rohde    


Are you letting your data control you?

The Joint Commission, state agencies, and others are demanding solid data proving increased patient safety. You may be enlisting your front-line staff to gather this kind of information, but do they know how to interpret that data? Frequently, vital information with great potential for improving patient care, as well as proving compliance with Joint Commission patient safety goals, is overlooked or underutilized.

Avoid common mistakes with this valuable resource.

Making Your Data Work: Tools and templates for effective analysis will help staff quickly and easily find and present valuable information to improve quality and performance at your facility. BONUS! The CD-ROM contains customizable forms, policies and tools meet the needs of your facility!

Order today and take control of your data!

The wealth of information you’re trying to make sense of can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. This easy-to-understand resource breaks down exactly what type of data you need and how to manipulate it once it’s collected to make positive changes in your facility.

With Making your Data Work as you’re guide, you’ll be able to:

  • Collect the appropriate data for your facilities specific needs
  • Effectively analyze, store, and present your data
  • Change processes based on your findings to achieve your goals
  • Avoid common problems


Table of contents at a glance

Chapter 1: Why data is so important
Chapter 2: Understanding the difference types of data
Chapter 3: Analysis of your data
Chapter 4: Data coding—If it’s not in a bin you will never find it
Chapter 5: Comparing your data to goals
Chapter 6: Control charts
Chapter 7: Trending
Chapter 8: Common cause analysis
Chapter 9: Mechanics of data manipulation
Chapter 10: Pivot tabled—The data analyst’s best friend
Chapter 11: Presenting your data
Chapter 12: Putting it all together—Is your data lying to you?

Designed Especially For QI and PI professionals in hospitals and healthcare systems.


About the author

Kenneth R. Rohde is president of KR Rohde LLC, a consulting company specializing in helping organizations deal with their problems. He brings more than 32 years of experience in quality management to his work with hospitals, medical centers, power plants and high-risk manufacturing facilities across the country. Mr. Rohde's roles in performance improvement and project management make him uniquely qualified to assist medical staffs and hospital leaders develop solutions to their toughest challenges. He instructs, speaks, and consults in the areas of error reduction strategies, root cause analysis, improving performance through process simplification, error reduction through effective procedure writing, apparent cause analysis, engineering effectiveness and error reduction, failure modes and effects analysis, effective data collection, analysis and trending, patient safety evaluation and improvement, change management, corrective action program evaluation and redesign, human performance evaluations, and procedure error reduction. Mr. Rohde also specializes in technology-based approaches to preventing human errors.

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Published: December 2007