Should Patients in Quality-Improvement Activities Have the Same Protections as Participants in Research Studies?

Published in: JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association, v. 284, no. 14, Oct. 11, 2000, p. 1786

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2000

by Shan Cretin, Emmett B. Keeler, Joanne Lynn, Paul Batalden, Donald M. Berwick

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Letter to the Editor commenting on an article that raises concerns for protecting patients in local efforts to improve quality of care and propose criteria that extend current research protections to such quality improvement (QI) studies. Such procedures could actually pose additional risks to patients and would interfere with efforts to address recent concerns about health care safety and quality.

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