The Best Practice: How the New Quality Movement is Transforming Medicine

The Best Practice: How the New Quality Movement is Transforming Medicine

by Charles C. Kenney
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1586487973

ISBN-13: 9781586487973

Pub. Date: 03/09/2010

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Most Americans are aware of the health care insurance crisis. But behind hospital doors lies a greater threat to patients' well-being-insufficient reliance on evidence-based care and widespread deficiencies in the overall quality of care. As many as 98,000 people die from preventable medical errors each year, while Americans on average get only half the care they

Overview

Most Americans are aware of the health care insurance crisis. But behind hospital doors lies a greater threat to patients' well-being-insufficient reliance on evidence-based care and widespread deficiencies in the overall quality of care. As many as 98,000 people die from preventable medical errors each year, while Americans on average get only half the care they need.

The Best Practice is the story of how a group of dedicated physicians including Donald Berwick, Paul Batalden, Lucian Leape, and others discovered this disturbing trend-and how they've set out to reverse it. Daring to apply concepts of "quality improvement" gleaned from industries like aviation and manufacturing to the medical profession, these pioneers are revolutionizing the medical field. From Seattle to Cincinnati to J?nk?ping County, Sweden, thousands of health care practitioners are fostering changes that dramatically improve quality while simultaneously delivering care that is more efficient and cost-effective.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586487973
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
03/09/2010
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
570,379
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Call to Action Cleve L. Killingsworth ix

Introduction Betsy Lehman 1

1 Early History of the New Quality Movement 15

2 The Birth of IHI 39

3 The Annenberg Conference on Error 61

4 To Err Is Human 73

5 First, Do No Harm 97

6 The Cincinnati Children's Triumvirate Uma Kotagal Jim Anderson Lee Carter 125

7 Virginia Mason Medical Center and the Toyota Production System 161

8 Josie King 195

9 The Learning Journey of J?nk?ping County, Sweden 213

10 Kaiser Permanente and the Future of Health Care 237

11 The Holy Grail 265

Notes 287

Acknowledgments 295

Index 301

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