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Lean methodology: An evidence-based practice approach for healthcare improvement

Johnson, Pauline M. DNP; Patterson, Claire J. MS, RD; O'Connell, Mary P. RN, MPA

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000437576.14143.b9
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Abstract: Lean methodology, an evidence-based practice approach adopted from Toyota, is grounded on the pillars of respect for people and continuous improvement. This article describes the use of Lean methodology to improve healthcare outcomes for patients with community-acquired pneumonia. Nurse practitioners and other clinicians should be knowledgeable about this methodology and become leaders in Lean transformation.

Pauline M. Johnson is a Nurse Practitioner in Cardiology and Claire J. Patterson is a Senior Executive Director Lean/Breakthrough Methodology Central Brooklyn Network, Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. Mary P. O'Connell is an Associate Executive Director of Nursing Performance Improvement & Research at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Elmhurst, N.Y.

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins