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Improvement on Ice: Curling and Quality Improvement Science

Submitted by Mary Smillie on February 5, 2012 - 10:15

Curling is a game of strategy, execution, adaptation, and precision. It is a series of discrete decisions and events, all of which are highly visible to both players and fans. It is perfectly designed for deconstruction and analysis. Often called "the roarin' game," at MASH we think of it as a continuous PDSA cycle. High-level curling has a lot to teach high-quality health care.