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The use of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies in surgery: A systematic review

International Literature

posted by WM Admin on 2015-05-28 14:51:23.345

This systematic review assesses the literature on the use and utility of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies in surgery.

Experimental studies were included if they assessed the use of Lean or Six Sigma on the ability to improve specified outcomes in surgical patients. Twenty-three studies were included (11 assessed Lean, 6 Six Sigma and 6 Lean Six Sigma).

The authors found that the "... majority of studies (88%) demonstrate improvement; however high levels of systematic bias and imprecision were evident". They note a need for for high-quality studies.

To read the full abstract, and for information on how to access the full text, go to: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.surge.2014.08.002 or contact your DHB library, or organisational or local library for assistance.

Mason, S.E., et al. (2015). The use of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies in surgery: A systematic review. The Surgeon, 13(2), 91–100.