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Special Communication
June 2016

Standardized Best Practices and Individual Craft-Based MedicineA Conversation About Quality

Author Affiliations
  • 1Departments of Clinician-Directed Performance Improvement and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Christus St Vincent Regional Medical Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, Utah

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JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(6):835-838. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.1641

Standardization of medical care through protocols, order sets, and other tools is increasingly a part of efforts to improve quality. The authors, a physician beginning a new position as director of a community hospital quality program and the chief quality officer of a health care system and director of a course in health care delivery improvement, discuss the benefits and risks of standardization in health care. Recommendations for responsible standardization are presented.