Identifying, analysing and solving problems in practice
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Identifying, analysing and solving problems in practice

Jaqui Hewitt-Taylor Senior lecturer in practice development, School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University

When a problem is identified in practice, it is important to clarify exactly what it is and establish the cause before seeking a solution. This solution-seeking process should include input from those directly involved in the problematic situation, to enable individuals to contribute their perspective, appreciate why any change in practice is necessary and what will be achieved by the change. This article describes some approaches to identifying and analysing problems in practice so that effective solutions can be devised. It includes a case study and examples of how the Five Whys analysis, fishbone diagram, problem tree analysis, and Seven-S Model can be used to analyse a problem.

Nursing Standard. 26, 40,35-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.


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