2. STUDY THE SYSTEM
Before deciding on what changes your project will make, it is important to get a clear picture of how the system currently works.
The QI approach encourages us to really find out about how the system works currently, such as who is involved and what are all the steps in the process. In SusQI, this includes understanding how and where environmental, social and financial resources are being used, highlighting problems and opportunities for improvement.
Tools to Study the System
Click on each of the tools below to learn more about how they can be used to study the system in your QI project.
VALUE PROCESS MAPPING
Process mapping is used to develop a 'map' of a process within a system; it maps how a process operates in reality rather than how it might ideally work. Process mapping can be used to help a team understand which steps are creating value. Maps can also be annotated with the environmental, social and financial resource use.
Download this document to help learn how to create a process map. You can also download completed examples from outpatients, sexual health services and a pathway for a patient with unilateral tinnitus .