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Book and Media Reviews
December 20, 2006

Health Systems

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(23):2859-2864. doi:10.1001/jama.296.23.2860

The four-part, four-hour PBS series Remaking American Medicine, produced by Crossskeys Media and funded largely by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is focused on efforts to improve the quality of health care delivery that US residents receive.

Episode 1, “The Silent Killer,” addresses work being done at Johns Hopkins and other hospitals to reduce medical errors, including those that are fatal. Episode 2, “First Do No Harm,” largely explains the pervasive problem of hospital-acquired infections, specifically methacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and efforts among several Pittsburgh hospitals to reduce its prevalence. Improving the continuity and comprehensiveness of chronic care, mainly for diabetes and the prevention of secondary and tertiary symptoms, is the subject of episode 3, “The Stealth Epidemic.” The series concludes with “Hand in Hand,” which presents the work being done at the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center to involve parents and family members actively in the care and recovery of children.