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Doc­tors See Flaws in Health­care Sys­tem

As reported by Reuters Health on May 08, 2001, accord­ing to the results of a national sur­vey released by the Robert Wood John­son Foun­da­tion, more than 70% of health­care pro­fes­sion­als believe that fun­da­men­tal changes to the US health­care sys­tem are needed to improve the qual­ity of care deliv­ered to patients. Even more dras­tic, another 11% of sur­vey respon­dents said the system’s qual­ity flaws are so deep that a com­plete over­haul is needed to rem­edy them.

In the study, researchers asked 600 doc­tors, 400 nurses and 200 top-​level hos­pi­tal exec­u­tives from around the nation about the qual­ity of health­care. They wanted to know if the pro­fes­sion­als con­sid­ered health­care safe, effec­tive, timely, patient-​centreed, effi­cient and equi­table. In response 58% of those asked said that the qual­ity of the US health­care sys­tem is good or fair, while 2% said it is poor and forty-​two per­cent said that the sys­tem had very good or excel­lent quality.

David Richard­son, the exec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of Wirthin World­wide, a New York-​based research firm that con­ducted the sur­vey said, “In almost any indus­try, this luke­warm self-​assessment would be seen as a sign of seri­ous shortcomings.”

This issue became head­line news in Novem­ber 1999 when the Insti­tute of Med­i­cine (IOM) released a report blam­ing med­ical errors for up to 98,000 deaths per year. Don­ald M. Berwick, the pres­i­dent of the Insti­tute for Health­care Improve­ment said, “Health­care is in trou­ble. The qual­ity is not what we need it to be and peo­ple in health­care know that.”

Ran­dom Article

In the Reuters Health News August 20, 2002 issue is a story report­ing on a study that says nerve blocks do not do what

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