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October 11, 2000

Should Patients in Quality-Improvement Activities Have the Same Protections as Participants in Research Studies?

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(14):1786-1788. doi:10.1001/jama.284.14.1783

To the Editor: Dr Casarett and colleagues1 tackled an important issue in modern medicine. Quality improvement initiatives are key strategies in ensuring accountability in health care. While it is appropriate that the QI movement itself be held accountable, draconian restrictions that could cripple the continued growth and development of QI are unnecessary and unwise.