Synopses & Reviews
When it was first published in 1991, Curing Health Care was an immediate success and helped launch the quality revolution in the health care industry. Now in paperback, this classic resource describes how health care organizations can apply modern quality assurance methods to help recapture control and hope in a time of frustration and skyrocketing costs. In ten key lessons, Donald Berwick, A. Blanton Godfrey, and Jane Roessner demonstrate what works and does not work in actual practice. They present illustrative case examples of specific health care improvement projects ranging from transport of critically ill infants to quick turnaround of emergency lab specimens and to the generation of accurate Medicare bills. In a special new preface, written for this edition, the authors reflect on their experience in the decade and lessons learned since first writing this important book.
"This book is recommended for managers wanting to enhance service quality and productivity. By avoiding mistakes and useless units of activity, gains in productivity occur as quality improves."
— Healthcare Financial Management
"Curing Health Care is a marvelous book on the applications of the principles of industrial quality improvement to health care."
— HMO Practice
"Curing Health Care should be on every health executive's 'must-read' list."
— Hospital and Health Services Administration
Applying Quality-Assurance Methods
A Report on the National Demonstration Project on Quality Improvement in Health Care
This book is recommAnded for managers wanting to enhance service quality and productivity. By avoiding mistakes and useless units of activity, gains in productivity occur as quality improves.
--Healthcare Financial Management
Learn how health care organizations can use the quality improvement process to help regain control and hope in a time of frustration and skyrocketing costs. In ten key lessons, the authors demonstrate what works and does not work in actual practice. They present case examples of specific health care improvement projects ranging from transport of critically ill infants to quick turnaround of emergency lab specimens and to the generation of accurate Medicare bills.
About the Author
Donald M. Berwick
is president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and clinical professor of pediatrics and health care policy, Harvard Medical School. He is also an associate in pediatrics at Boston's Children's Hospital and a consultant in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital.
A. Blanton Godfrey is dean and Joseph D. Moore Professor, College of Textiles, North Carolina State University. He is the former chairman and CEO of the Juran Institute and the coeditor (with Joseph M. Juran) of Juran's Quality Handbook, Fifth Edition and the coauthor of Modern Methods for Quality Control and Improvement, Second Edition.
Jane Roessner is a writer for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Table of Contents
Foreword ixJoseph M. Juran
Preface to the Paperback Edition: Ten Things We Know Now That We Wish We Had Known Then xiii
The Authors xli
1. Symptoms of Stress in the Health Care System 1
2. Applying Quality Management to Health Care 18
3. Foundations of Quality Management 29
4. Using the Scientific Method to Define Problems 46
5. Organizing Quality Improvement Teams 67
6. The Diagnostic Journey 75
7. Implementing Successful Remedies 109
8. Holding and ExtAnding the Gains 134
9. Ten Key Lessons for Quality Improvement 144
Afterword: Reflections on the Future 159
David A. Garvin
Resource A: Participants in the National Demonstration Project 167
Resource B: A Primer on Quality Improvement Tools 177
Paul E. Plsek
Resource C: Three Project report 221
Resource D: Key Readings in Quality Improvement 275