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Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7322.1192 (Published 17 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1192
  1. Alastair Baker, consultant paediatric hepatologist
  1. King's College Hospital, London

    Institute of Medicine

    National Academy Press, $44.95, pp 364

    ISBN 0 309 07280 8

    See http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10027.html for ordering details

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    Even with catchy titles, committee reports are unlikely bestsellers. This one has the background and intention to be different. The committee members, who were appointed by the US National Academy of Science for their creative thinking and knowledge of medicine, healthcare, and commerce, provide excellently researched evidence for the failure of the US healthcare system. They justify radical change and establish six aims and 10 simple rules for a completely different …

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