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Dr. Donald Berwick offers health care professionals a ray of hope in this provocative book that contains eleven of his most compelling speeches. Berwick’s brilliant and impassioned speeches–delivered at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care–explore the need to ensure every patient the benefit of care that draws on the best scientific knowledge available.

Spanning a decade (1992—2002), these speeches echo the theme that our health care system needs fundamental change and a revolutionary new design. Throughout the book, Berwick identifies innovations and ideas from a number of surprising sources–a girls’ soccer team, a sinking ship, and the safety standards at NASA. Escape Fire takes its title from the 1949 Mann Gulch tragedy in which thirteen young firefighters were trapped in a wildfire on a Montana hillside. The firefighter’s leader, Wag Dodge, devised a creative solution for avoiding the encroaching fire. He burned a patch of grass and lay down in the middle of the scorched earth. His team refused to join him, and most perished in the fire. Dodge survived. Berwick applies the lessons learned from the catastrophe to our ailing health care system–we must not let ingrained processes obstruct life-saving innovation.

Not content to simply define the problems with our flawed system, Berwick outlines new designs and suggests practical tools for change: name the problem, build on success, take leaps of faith, look outside of the medical field, set aims, understand systems, make action lists, and–the most fundamental of all–never lose sight of the patient as the central figure.

Book News Annotation:

Berwick collects a decade's worth of opening speeches delivered at the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, an annual event of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, of which he is cofounder and president. He uses a range of metaphors to address questions of innovation, quality of care, and organizational structure and change (the title refers to a firefighter's burning a small patch of ground in order to escape a larger approaching fire).
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Spanning a decade (1992-2002), these speeches echo the theme that our health care system needs fundamental change and a revolutionary new design. Throughout the book, Berwick identifies innovations and ideas from a number of surprising sources—a girls' soccer team, a sinking ship, and the safety standards at NASA. Escape Fire takes its title from the 1949 Mann Gulch tragedy in which thirteen young firefighters were trapped in a wildfire on a Montana hillside. The firefighter's leader, Wag Dodge, devised a creative solution for avoiding the encroaching fire. He burned a patch of grass and lay down in the middle of the scorched earth. His team refused to join him, and most perished in the fire. Dodge survived. Berwick applies the lessons learned from the catastrophe to our ailing health care system—we must not let ingrained processes obstruct life-saving innovation.

Not content to simply define the problems with our flawed system, Berwick outlines new designs and suggests practical tools for change: name the problem, build on success, take leaps of faith, look outside of the medical field, set aims, understand systems, make action lists, and—the most fundamental of all—never lose sight of the patient as the central figure.

Synopsis:

"Why Is Changing Health Care So Hard?"

In this provocative and much-needed book, health care expert Dr. Donald Berwick shares eleven of his most compelling speeches. These unforgettable speeches (which were delivered at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care from 1992 to 2002) dramatically show that we need to create a new system that guarantees that every patient has the benefit of care drawn from the best scientific knowledge available. No mere diatribe, Berwick’s vision for change includes practical suggestions and tools that can truly transform our broken system and puts the patient at the center of the health care system.

"In this vibrant book, Don Berwick speaks about one of the most vexing issues of our time with compelling competence, penetrating clarity, relentless honesty, and heart-warming humor. In an era when so many public voices lack these qualities, Berwick gives us reason to hope that our most difficult social problems have solutions that are within reach. We are the solution, of course–if we are willing to emulate the intellectual and moral courage modeled by leaders like Don Berwick."

–Parker J. Palmer, author, The Courage to Teach and Let Your Life Speak

"[Berwick’s] target is a health care system that has evolved primarily to serve the needs and interests of those who work in the system–doctors, nurses, administrators, payors, insurers–rather than the needs and interests of patients."

–from the Introduction by Frank Davidoff

About the Author

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, is president, CEO, and cofounder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Berwick is a clinical professor of pediatrics and health care policy at the Harvard Medical School, and a pediatrician. An associate in pediatrics at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, he is also a consultant in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Berwick is the coauthor of the books, Curing Health Care and New Rules, also available from Jossey-Bass.

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction (Frank Davidoff, MD).

1. Kevin Speaks.

2. Buckling Down to Change.

3. Quality Comes Home.

4. Run to Space.

5. Sauerkraut, Sobriety, and the Spread of Change.

6. Why the Vasa Sank.

7. Eagles and Weasels.

8. Escape Fire.

9. Dirty Words and Magic Spells.

10. Every Single One.

11. Plenty.

About the Author.

About the Commentary Authors.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780787972172
Introduction:
Davidoff, Frank
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Introduction by:
Davidoff, Frank
Introduction:
Davidoff, Frank
Author:
Berwick, Donald M.
Author:
Berwick, Donald M., MD
Author:
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP
Author:
Berwick, Donald M., MD, MPP
Location:
San Francisco
Subject:
Public Health
Subject:
Health Care Delivery
Subject:
Health Policy
Subject:
Quality Control
Subject:
Health Risk Assessment
Subject:
Medical care
Subject:
Health care reform
Subject:
Health services administration
Subject:
Delivery of Health Care
Subject:
Quality of health care.
Subject:
Patient advocacy.
Subject:
Organizational Innovation.
Subject:
Patient advocacy -- United States.
Subject:
Health care reform -- United States.
Subject:
Public Health Services & Policy
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
108-13
Publication Date:
20070723
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.22x6.58x1.14 in. 1.20 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Spanning a decade (1992-2002), these speeches echo the theme that our health care system needs fundamental change and a revolutionary new design. Throughout the book, Berwick identifies innovations and ideas from a number of surprising sources—a girls' soccer team, a sinking ship, and the safety standards at NASA. Escape Fire takes its title from the 1949 Mann Gulch tragedy in which thirteen young firefighters were trapped in a wildfire on a Montana hillside. The firefighter's leader, Wag Dodge, devised a creative solution for avoiding the encroaching fire. He burned a patch of grass and lay down in the middle of the scorched earth. His team refused to join him, and most perished in the fire. Dodge survived. Berwick applies the lessons learned from the catastrophe to our ailing health care system—we must not let ingrained processes obstruct life-saving innovation.

Not content to simply define the problems with our flawed system, Berwick outlines new designs and suggests practical tools for change: name the problem, build on success, take leaps of faith, look outside of the medical field, set aims, understand systems, make action lists, and—the most fundamental of all—never lose sight of the patient as the central figure.

"Synopsis" by , "Why Is Changing Health Care So Hard?"

In this provocative and much-needed book, health care expert Dr. Donald Berwick shares eleven of his most compelling speeches. These unforgettable speeches (which were delivered at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care from 1992 to 2002) dramatically show that we need to create a new system that guarantees that every patient has the benefit of care drawn from the best scientific knowledge available. No mere diatribe, Berwick’s vision for change includes practical suggestions and tools that can truly transform our broken system and puts the patient at the center of the health care system.

"In this vibrant book, Don Berwick speaks about one of the most vexing issues of our time with compelling competence, penetrating clarity, relentless honesty, and heart-warming humor. In an era when so many public voices lack these qualities, Berwick gives us reason to hope that our most difficult social problems have solutions that are within reach. We are the solution, of course–if we are willing to emulate the intellectual and moral courage modeled by leaders like Don Berwick."

–Parker J. Palmer, author, The Courage to Teach and Let Your Life Speak

"[Berwick’s] target is a health care system that has evolved primarily to serve the needs and interests of those who work in the system–doctors, nurses, administrators, payors, insurers–rather than the needs and interests of patients."

–from the Introduction by Frank Davidoff

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