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Qual Manag Health Care. 2001 Spring;9(3):1-27.

Control charts 101: a guide to health care applications.

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MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.


A control chart can be an effective way to display process data over time. It can differentiate common cause variation from special cause variation through the application of several probability-based interpretation rules. In addition, a control chart can be helpful in evaluating the effectiveness of a change. There are numerous types of control charts, and this tutorial was developed to guide the user through the selection process.

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