Author Affiliations: Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and Department of Pediatrics, Child Health Institute, University of Washington, Seattle.
Signing of the health reform act in March of this year was a momentous event that will greatly affect how care is provided in the United States. The legislation calls for significant investment in the health care delivery system to improve access for most people in this country. If the federal government's contract with the medical community to advance the health of Americans is to be fulfilled, the quality of the care we provide must be improved. The Institute of Medicine has defined quality of health care as encompassing 6 components: safety, timeliness, cost, efficacy, patient centeredness, and equity.1
Call for PapersImproving the Quality of Care for Children and Adolescents. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(7):675. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.118