|Form and test hypotheses
||Focus on systems and processes
|Systematically study a problem of interest following a structured protocol
||Establish measures to determine if a specific change actually leads to an improvement in systems and processes
|Collect, analyze, and interpreter the findings of data collection
||Analyze data to improve systems related to processes and outcomes (ie, cost, productivity, quality)
|Disseminate the findings
||Use the findings to improve quality of care
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Gregory, K. E. (2015). Differentiating Between Research and Quality Improvement. The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing, 29(2), 100-102.