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The “3T’s” Road Map to Transform US Health Care:  The “How” of High-Quality Care

Denise Dougherty, PhD; Patrick H. Conway, MD, MSc
JAMA. 2008;299(19):2319-2321. doi:10.1001/jama.299.19.2319.
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The ongoing significant investment in basic science and clinical discovery in the United States continues to produce impressive results. However, the United States struggles to deliver high-quality care and improved health outcomes due to the systematic failure of discoveries to reach patients in a timely fashion.1,2 Despite expenditures that reached $2 trillion or more than $6000 per capita in 2005,3 the United States will continue to fail to fully leverage new clinical discoveries into improved health outcomes unless there is an accelerated transformation of the health care system.4 The research enterprise cannot achieve this alone. We propose a model to transform the US health care system (Figure), intended to accelerate the pace at which innovations are implemented in clinical settings by addressing the “how” of health care delivery.

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Figure. The 3T's Road Map
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T indicates translation. T1, T2, and T3 represent the 3 major translational steps in the proposed framework to transform the health care system. The activities in each translational step test the discoveries of prior research activities in progressively broader settings to advance discoveries originating in basic science research through clinical research and eventually to widespread implementation through transformation of health care delivery. Double-headed arrows represent the essential need for feedback loops between and across the parts of the transformation framework.

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