A young cystic fibrosis patient in Cincinnati takes control of her own care. A hospital in Malawi decreases the number of women dying in childbirth. And an emergency room in Virginia cuts waiting times for patients by more than 80 percent. When you hear about all the problems the health care system faces, it’s easy to grow pessimistic about where it’s headed. But every day, people all over the world are making differences on a local level. In this lesson, you’ll watch videos and listen to interviews with agents of change describing improvements in the real world. You’ll also learn about a 2001 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that laid out six simple aims that have since guided countless improvements in health care and inspired people across the globe.
Estimated Time of Completion: 20 minutes
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
1. List the six dimensions of health care outlined by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2001.
2. Give examples of how specific organizations have overcome significant quality challenges by using one or more of the IOM aims.
3. Use the IOM aims as a roadmap to identify ways in which care in your own setting could be improved.
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