Quality Medical Care: A Definition
Steffen, Grant E.
JAMA. 1988 Jul 1; 260(1): 56-61.
The definition of quality medical care as the capacity of the elements of that care to achieve legitimate medical and nonmedical goals is compared with other current definitions. The difficulty of choosing goals is reflected in the contrast between the technical and the interpersonal aspects of care; doctor and patient should work together to achieve "legitimate" goals which integrate scientific knowledge and personal beliefs. Because this definition will affect chart review, a formal assessment of patient values must become part of the patient's record. (KIE abstract)
Autonomy; Costs and Benefits; Decision Making; Evaluation; Goals; Knowledge; Life; Medical Records; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Patient Care; Patients; Peer Review; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Professional Organizations; Quality of Life; Records; Review; Risks and Benefits; Standards; Values;
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