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From the Commonwealth Fund: 4 Health Care Lessons the U.S. Can Learn from Top-Performing Countries: The recent Commonwealth Fund report, Mirror, Mirror 2017: International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care, compared health care system performance in the United States with that of 10 other high-income countries. The U.S. ranked last in overall health system performance, yet as a nation we spend the most per person on health care. What can we learn from the top-performing countries? Report coauthors Eric C. Schneider, M.D., and David Squires discuss areas where the U.S. can improve in a New England Journal of Medicine “Perspective.” Read more: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/lists/2017/4-health-care-international-lessons
Even the most dedicated quality improvement champions get overwhelmed sometimes. How do we avoid wasting time and resources on improvement initiatives that don’t succeed or “stick”? How can we prevent overwork, resentment, and burnout related to QI? IHI faculty member Chris Hayes says one way to do this is to use the “Highly Adoptable Improvement” model that he helped develop. According to this model, change initiatives that don’t add to workload and have high perceived value are most likely to be adopted, cause less workplace burnout, and achieve their intended outcomes.