Design to Survive: 9 Ways an IKEA Approach Can Fix Health Care and Save Lives

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The U.S. spends the most in the world on health care and research, yet our outcomes are among the worst in industrialized nations. Hundreds of thousands die every year from medical harm.
Imagine a world where health care took a page from the IKEA furniture company—-where expenses were streamlined, quality was predictable, customers participated, and everyone shared in the cost savings.
Through colorful analogies, stories from families and top ...

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Design to Survive: 9 Ways an IKEA Approach Can Fix Health Care and Save Lives

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Overview

The U.S. spends the most in the world on health care and research, yet our outcomes are among the worst in industrialized nations. Hundreds of thousands die every year from medical harm.
Imagine a world where health care took a page from the IKEA furniture company—-where expenses were streamlined, quality was predictable, customers participated, and everyone shared in the cost savings.
Through colorful analogies, stories from families and top doctors, and the author’s quest to find out what happened to her own father, Design to Survive serves up key strategies for patients, families and providers, with the conviction that we can do better.

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“. . .A STROKE OF GENIUS to apply the IKEA model to health care. . .I have made this book mandatory reading for our design staff. And for a patient, the book’s advice might just save your life.” —-Award-Winning Architect and Designer Michael Graves

“A tremendous toolkit for getting safe care. . .Mastors’ is a wonderfully pragmatic mind. There is a lot we physicians can learn from her.” —-Marty Makary MD, Johns Hopkins Surgeon and Author of Unaccountable

“Brilliant. . .the ideas unfold superbly. . .this could be the book that changes things.” —-“e-Patient” Dave deBronkart, author of Let Patients Help

“I couldn’t put this book down. . .sensible and practical advice never before shared.” —-Ilene Corina, The Cautious Patient Foundation

“Had me hooked from the first page. . .” —-Fred Lee, Author of If Disney Ran Your Hospital

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614484332
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2013
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 14.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat  Mastors is a veteran news and medical reporter, creator of the “Patient Pod”, a tool used in hospitals to improve medical outcomes, and a patient/family advisor to the federal Partnership for Patients. She was instrumental in passing new patient safety laws and has been quoted in USA Today urging an “all hands on deck” approach to improving medical outcomes.

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