Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: I am writing to clarify a statement
made in the article by Drs Snyder and Anderson on quality improvement organizations
(QIO) and the quality of hospital care.1 In
the first sentence of the Comment section, reference is made to a study of
the QIO program currently under way at the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The
study and findings referred to in the second sentence are not that of the
IOM, but rather the current article by Snyder and Anderson. The statement
concerning findings is not in any way associated with any work done by the
IOM. The IOM study of the QIO program is in progress and has not released
any interim findings.
Shortell SM. Quality Improvement Organizations and the Institute of Medicine. JAMA. 2005;294(6):680. doi:10.1001/jama.294.6.680-c