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The 100 000 Lives Campaign:  Setting a Goal and a Deadline for Improving Health Care Quality

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP; David R. Calkins, MD, MPP; C. Joseph McCannon, BA; Andrew D. Hackbarth, BA
JAMA. 2006;295(3):324-327. doi:10.1001/jama.295.3.324.
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A half decade has elapsed since the Institute of Medicine released 2 landmark reports on health care safety and quality, To Err Is Human1 and Crossing the Quality Chasm.2 Those studies helped articulate a broad agenda for quality improvement in health care, and examples of success on a small scale are numerous. However, the collective impact of improvement work has been far below the potential envisioned by the Institute of Medicine. Health care can benefit now from a new sense of urgency, with levels of discipline and pace akin to those of a political campaign.

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