IN 1998, A REPORT from the National Roundtable on Health Care Quality1 cited deficiencies in the quality of health care available to the citizens of the United States. A plan to achieve high-quality care, which was based on a requirement for the practice of medicine in ways that would improve health outcomes using the best available scientific knowledge, was offered. The roundtable was clear in the consensus that quality, outcomes, and the best scientific knowledge could be identified and measured and that adoption of this pathway to quality was essential for health care quality to reach a desirable and attainable level.
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