Critical Thinking

Introducing the DIGR-ACT® Solution! Part 6

7/09/2019

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What does ‘C’ stand for?

Do you care whether the actions you took to try to stop an issue from recurring were completed? Does it matter if they actually worked? Of course! Deciding on actions is only part way to fixing a problem. We need to complete the actions and make sure they were effective. That's why there is the ‘C’ step in the DIGR-ACT® solution, where C stands for ‘Check’.

Introducing the DIGR-ACT® Solution! Part 5

6/20/2019

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What does ‘A’ stand for?

Don't waste time on root cause analysis, at least not if you won’t use the results! Proper root cause analysis takes effort and resources, and you need to use the output to determine actions to try to stop the issue recurring. This is the ‘A’ step of the DIGR-ACT® solution. Having dug into the issue, you now need to ‘Act’ on what you found.

ICH Releases E8 “General Considerations for Clinical Trials” Draft Revision for Public Comment

6/11/2019

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Clinical trials have become increasingly complex since the ICH E8 guideline on “General Considerations for Clinical Trials” was finalized in 1997. The draft revision is in Step 2b and available for public comment, and there are some interesting changes to note. Specifically, there is a greater emphasis on patient centricity, design of trials with quality in mind, and risk management. The overlying theme is fit-for-purpose quality as an essential consideration for study design. The revision is part of the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Renovation initiative. Previously, the ICH E6 GCP R2 addendum was finalized in 2016.

Introducing the DIGR-ACT® Solution! Part 4

6/04/2019

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What does ‘R’ stand for?

We're all in a rush, and we want to fix issues quickly. But often, by assuming too much, we might reach the wrong conclusion. The cause that we used root cause analysis tools to discover is actually incorrect. Once we have the (wrong) cause(s), we may rush off and take action to fix it. But if it's the wrong cause, it is wasted effort and you rushed - only to go slow. Like if your taxi doesn't show, you might decide never to use that company again because they are unreliable - when the real problem was that you gave them the wrong pick-up address.

Highlights from the Critical Thinking Webinar!

5/29/2019

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Did you miss the free live webinar on “Critical Thinking and Clinical Research – A Better Way”? Some key highlights of the training were:

  • What is critical thinking? To learn more about the seven critical thinking skills and how they relate to clinical research, sign up to view the recorded webinar here. DIGR-ACT® was built to support all of these.

  • Root Cause Analysis: There are many tools to find root cause, but they often lead down the wrong path, yielding inconsistent and ineffective results. For example, asking 5 Whys can result in different root cause depending on how the questions are asked, and what about other relevant questions such as who, what, where, when, and how?