Issue Brief

No. 753

Improving Quality and Preventing Error in Medical Practice
March 15, 2000

Author

Lisa Sprague, MBA

Summary

Drawing on the Institute of Medicine's report To Err Is Human, this issue brief looks at quality-improvement and error-reduction efforts at the institutional, regional, and state levels and analyzes the roles of government and the private sector in bringing such efforts into national focus. Questions considered include whether error reporting should be mandatory or voluntary, who should perform error analysis, and the role of the individual in an institutional accountability model.

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