Quality of Care

The U.S. health care system has well-known problems: high costs and high numbers of uninsured. Perhaps less publicized is the system's struggle to deliver high-quality care—that is, care that's likely to improve health and is consistent with current medical science.

Improving care is a long-term, complex challenge. In a series of studies spanning decades, RAND Health has confronted this challenge by helping to establish the scientific basis for defining and measuring quality of care.

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    While monetary incentives and behavioral nudges both have their strengths, neither is enough to reliably change clinician behavior and improve quality of care. Organizational culture provides another important lens to understand why clinicians are practicing in a certain way and to put forth more comprehensive, long-term solutions.

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