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Pareto Charts

A pareto chart is a bar graph that is useful for identifying the most frequent cause of a variable(s) which can help teams prioritize their quality improvement efforts. Resource 1 is an excel template to help you create a pareto chart. It contains a prepopulated example of causes for no shows for medical appointments, but it can be edited to use for your quality improvement project. Resource 2 (video clip) provides an overview of using pareto charts. Resource 3 provides a link to a more detailed explanation of using pareto charts.

Resource 1: Pareto Chart Template

Resource 2: Video – Overview of Using Pareto Charts

Resource 3: Institute for Healthcare Improvement Pareto Chart