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1st Annual Crossing the Quality Chasm Summit: A Focus on Communities http://books.nap.edu/catalog/11085.html

Preface

This report represents an important addition to a series of studies generated by the Institute of Medicine dedicated to improving the quality and safety of health care. It is firmly grounded in the principles articulated in Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century as a guide for the transformation of our current health care delivery system—namely the six aims of safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, timeliness, efficiency, and equity.

The 1st Annual Crossing the Quality Chasm Summit was convened specifically to address the redesign of the nation’s currently broken health care delivery system. As recommended in the Quality Chasm report, the summit was focused on improving care processes for a targeted set of priority areas, in this case five common, high-burden chronic conditions: asthma, depression, diabetes, heart failure, and pain control in advanced cancer.

The summit benefited from the contributions and expertise of more than 200 local and national health care leaders who convened to collaborate on the development of strategies for improving the quality of care for individuals with these five chronic illnesses. As described in this report, significant progress is being made toward implementing the above six aims in communities across the country. It is our hope that readers will be encouraged by the support of the national champions who participated in the summit and expressed their support for efforts to facilitate the broad achievement of key strategic priorities.

The reader of this report will also appreciate how much more is required from every stakeholder in the American health care system if the goals of optimal quality and safety are to be achieved.

I am deeply appreciative of the support of our sponsor, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; my colleagues on the Institute of Medicine committee who helped organize and lead the summit; and all who so generously contributed their experience, judgment, and expertise to this effort.

Reed V. Tuckson, M.D. Chair August 2004

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Copyright © 2004 National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. This executive summary plus thousands more available at http://www.nap.edu

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