Former classmate and blog reader Chris and I always used to joke about “PDCA-ing your life.” Maybe it's not that funny, but we were at MIT.
The article I've linked to here is no laughing matter, the application of PDCA principles to help treat addiction:
The use of orthomolecular therapy and the inclusion of aftercare aren't the only features that distinguish Arche Wellness from other treatment facilities, however. They also utilize the Toyota Production System's philosophy of “Kaizen,” or continuous improvement, to help achieve success. In other words, the program is an ongoing cycle of planning, implementing, refining and analyzing. Clients undergo repeated testing and therapeutic trials to fine-tune their treatment.
PDCA or PIRA, it's still the same approach. I'd be interested to learn more about how they learned about TPS or how they thought to apply it to addiction treatment.
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