Improving quality in healthcare: Start with the patient

E Dupree
R Anderson
I S. Nash, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Abstract

In the decade since the Institute of Medicine released To Err Is Human, patient harm from medical errors is still widespread. Healthcare has not undergone the transformative change that is needed to reduce medical errors and improve quality. This article discusses patient-centeredness as an organizing principle for transforming healthcare. We also describe important efforts that depict the shift from a provider-focused system to one that is more patient-centered. Finally, the article discusses challenges for the future and the importance of involving patients in the quest to deliver safe, quality care. Mt Sinai J Med 78:813-819, 2011. © 2011 Mount Sinai School of Medicine.