A decade ago, the Institute of Medicine defined quality of care as ". . . the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase
the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current
professional knowledge."1 This definition is
complex and comprehensive, and its many facets are described in detail in
an article by Chassin et al2 based on the consensus
of the Institute of Medicine's National Roundtable on Health Care Quality.
For instance, for "health services for individuals and populations to increase
the likelihood of desired health outcomes" they must be used both appropriately
and effectively. Quality-of-care problems related to undesirable health outcomes
can arise as a result of underuse, overuse, or misuse.2
Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more
Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features
Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)
Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours
Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.
Download citation file:
Web of Science® Times Cited: 5
Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.
More Listings atJAMACareerCenter.com >
and access these and other features:
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a link to reset your password.
Enter your username and email address. We'll send instructions on how to reset your password to the email address we have on record.
Athens and Shibboleth are access management services that provide single sign-on to protected resources. They replace the multiple user names and passwords necessary to access subscription-based content with a single user name and password that can be entered once per session. It operates independently of a user's location or IP address. If your institution uses Athens or Shibboleth authentication, please contact your site administrator to receive your user name and password.