Evaluation of the Application of the PDCA Cycles in Preventive Medicine Undergraduates’ Theses in Wuhan University of Science and Technology

Guo-Qing FU, Chang-Cai ZHU, Yu-Qin SHI, Yong MEI, Ting ZHOU, Jing CHENG, Ying-Ying GU, Guang-Wen CHENG, Ling ZHANG


Objectives: To explore the effect of the known quality management methodology ‘Plan-do-check-act’ (PDCA) cycle on improving the quality of preventive medicine undergraduates’ theses. Methods: PDCA cycle was started to be used in preventive medicine undergraduates’ theses management on students graduated in 2014 in Wuhan University of Science and Technology. After 3 years’ operation, all of 54, 69 and 89 theses in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and 53 theses in 2013 as control were sent to be scored by 3 specialists in preventive medicine according to external quality mark sheet and internal quality mark sheet of graduation thesis. Conclusion: Comparing with the theses in 2013(72.1±6.5), the mean marks of theses were much higher in 2014(77.3±7.0), 2015(80.6±6.2), and 2016(80.73±5.5), and theses’ quality has been improved in abstracts, introductions, results, discussions and references, significance of the research topic, literature review, English literature translation, data authenticity, correct methods and evidence in 2014, 2015 and 2016(P<0.05). The application of PDCA cycle in the management of preventive medicine undergraduates’ theses has contributed to an improvement in the undergraduates’ theses quality.


PDCA Cycle, Preventive Medicine, Thesis, Quality Management


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