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Books, Journals, New Media
July 2, 2003

Quality Assurance

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(1):119-120. doi:10.1001/jama.290.1.119

The need for quality in health care is self evident. It is a desirable imperative in many aspects of human endeavor, from industrial production to interpersonal interaction. In industry, we recognize W. Edwards Deming as one of the patron saints of quality. In health care, the late Avedis Donabedian might easily claim that honor, among others, for his dedication to quality assurance. Evidence of his teachings is at work in many spheres, including Medicare's quality improvement efforts.1 His latest book is an introduction to the principles of quality assurance in the medical field.

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