Clinical microsystems, part 1: The building blocks of health systems

Nelson EC, Godfrey MM, Batalden PB, et al. Clinical microsystems, part 1: The building blocks of health systems. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2008 Jul;34(7):367-378.

The body of knowledge on clinical microsystems can guide and support innovation and peak performance. Patients move into and out of an assortment of clinical microsystems such as a family practitioner's office, an emergency department, and an intensive care unit — their own unique "health system." This patient-centric view of a health system is the foundation of second-generation development for clinical microsystems.

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