Quality Assurance in the 20th Century: Will It Lead to Improved Health in the 21st?

by Robert H. Brook, Kathleen N. Williams, Allyson Ross Davies

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Reviews ongoing developments in measurement of the quality of medical care and efforts to assure the quality of medical care services in the United States. It recommends several topics in need of continued research to solve problems in measurement of the quality of care. The paper also proposes the outlines of a quality assurance system for the 1980s and beyond. The paper was written for use as background material at the Boston University Conference on Quality Assurance in Hospitals, held on November 21 and 22, 1975 in Boston, Massachusetts. 43 pp. Ref.

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