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Women’s Health 

Women’s Health
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Women’s Health
Author(s):

Nicole P. Sandhu

, Lynne T. Shuster

, and Amy T. Wang

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190464868.003.0036
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date: 19 October 2019

Quality improvement, broadly interpreted, refers to any formal approach taken to understand and better the performance of a system. Quality improvement, conversationally, more often is taken to mean those methodologies or tools appropriated from industry and applied to health care. The genesis of the quality movement in health care is often traced to 2 landmark Institute of Medicine reports. “To Err is Human” cast a magnifying glass on safety gaps in care delivery, implicating preventable medical errors in the death of nearly 100,000 hospitalized patients annually.

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