Quality of Care

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Health care systems worldwide struggle to deliver superior care at an affordable cost. Gaps between the health care people receive and the care they should receive can contribute to poor outcomes and higher spending.

RAND Health identifies ways to improve health care and share quality assessments with patients, providers, and payers.

From the RAND Blog

  • Improving the Experience of Veterans Seeking Mental Health and Substance Use Care

    Aug 13, 2014

    Last week, President Obama signed a bill to overhaul care provided by the Veterans Health Administration. This is an important step, but attention to veterans' experiences receiving care, particularly veterans in need of mental health and substance use care, should be an essential component to ongoing efforts to improve quality.

  • Putting Patients First Can Result in Better Care Overall

    Jul 28, 2014

    Better patient care experiences are associated with higher levels of adherence to recommended prevention and treatment processes, better clinical outcomes, better patient safety within hospitals, and less health care utilization.

Latest Research and Publications

  • Child Vaccines Are Extremely Safe and Serious Side Effects Rare

    A systematic review revealed that vaccines administered to U.S. children are very safe, and side effects are extremely rare. The small risk of side effects must be weighed against the great protective benefits these vaccines provide.

  • Child Vaccines Have Low Risk of Harmful Side Effects

    Concerns about vaccine safety have led some parents to decline recommended vaccination of their children, leading to the resurgence of diseases. Harmful side effects are extremely rare and must be weighed against the protective benefits that vaccines provide.

  • ACA Could Change Costs of Auto, Malpractice, and Other Liability Insurance

    As more Americans become newly covered under the Affordable Care Act, the cost of providing automobile insurance, workers compensation, and homeowners insurance may decline. Meanwhile, an increase in the number of people using the health care system may trigger a corresponding increase in the number of medical malpractice claims.

Research in Progress

Last updated: August 2013