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The 10th National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care

Frank Davidoff, MD, Editor
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Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(7):585. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-129-7-199810010-00016
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Although all clinicians understand at some level that the present quality of medical care leaves much to be desired, many react to the words “quality improvement” with a mixture of healthy skepticism and mild nausea. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), founded and directed by Dr. Donald M. Berwick, has been a leader in convincing many skeptics, physician and nonphysician alike, that the quality of care can be improved in ways that are both idealistic and pragmatic. The series of articles, “Physicians as Leaders,” that appeared in Annals earlier this year [1] explained many of the core working principles of this group's successful efforts.

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