A Six Sigma Trial For Reduction of Error Rates in Pathology Laboratory

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Tosuner Z., Gucin Z., Kiran T., Buyukpinarbasili N., TURNA S., TASKIRAN O., ...More

TURKISH JOURNAL OF PATHOLOGY, vol.32, no.3, pp.171-177, 2016 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.5146/tjpath.2015.01356
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.171-177
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: A major target of quality assurance is the minimization of error rates in order to enhance patient safety. Six Sigma is a method targeting zero error (3.4 errors per million events) used in industry. The five main principles of Six Sigma are defining, measuring, analysis, improvement and control. Using this methodology, the causes of errors can be examined and process improvement strategies can be identified. The aim of our study was to evaluate the utility of Six Sigma methodology in error reduction in our pathology laboratory.