Run Chart

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Published on 9 August 2018 at 14:58

by Kerrie Preston

run chart

 

Run charts is very simple to construct and interpret. It does not allow for the same level of analysis offered by a control chart but can be used with almost any process and with any type of data: measurements, counts, percentages, ratios, and so on. 

 

 

 Typical instances in healthcare would be:

  • Number of referrals
  • Falls per 1000 occupied bed days
  • Waiting times (Time taken between referral and first assessment)

 

Run Chart Example

Here we will show you what data is required when creating a Run Chart and how this is reflected in the Chart itself. 

 

So lets say the 'Aim' of the project was to:

Reduce the proportion of patients with hospital acquired pneumonia by 50% within 6 months.

and the measure was:

Proportion of patients receiving daily preventative chest physio a day.

 

You would need to capture the following data:

Label A label for each data point, for example the dates when the values were recorded. This data is plotted on the X axis of the chart.
Value The measurements/counts/percentages you wish to plot

 

Data Capture Example:

Proportion of patients receiving daily preventative chest physio a day
Run Chart example data sheet
 
Run Control Chart Example:
Proportion of patients receiving daily preventative chest physio a day

 

Run Chart Example

 


 
If you want to learn more about SPC then take a look at our

 

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