WIHI: Improving the Rate of Recommended Care: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Date: January 12, 2017
  • Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD, Vice President, Kaiser Permanente Research
A little over 13 years ago, a team of researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that adults in the US receive only about half the care that’s recommended to prevent, treat, and manage some 30 leading causes of illness and death. The study, by then RAND Corporation health care analyst and lead author Beth McGlynn, acted as a call to action, challenging providers to do much, much better at incorporating evidence-based practices.
Has the situation improved? Not nearly enough, according to a study first published online in 2016 in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine. Why that's the case is the focus of the January 12 WIHI: Improving the Rate of Recommended Care. In the spirit of January, we looked back and looked ahead with Beth McGlynn and Don Berwick, two health care luminaries who have devoted their careers to the uptick of evidence-based care and improving quality in health care. 


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