Committee on Improving the Quality of Health Care Globally

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Global Health, Health Services, Coverage, and Access
Board: Board on Global Health

Activity Description

Increasingly, quality of care has been identified as "the constraining factor" holding back better health in poor communities, yet appears to be a serious obstacle to improving health among the world's poorest and most marginalized people. Quality of care and the related problem of medical error, deserve more attention worldwide, particularly as they relate to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of which is to bring about universal health coverage (UHC). The momentum for UHC, a policy goal now endorsed by the World Bank and the WHO, has driven an interest in expanding access to care, but it is critical that this care should also be safe and effective. In light of the call in the SDGs for achieving UHC, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will convene an ad hoc committee to study particular prospects for improving health care quality while expanding access to preventive and therapeutic services globally, with a focus on low-resource areas. This study will put the emphasis on the organization and delivery of safe and effective care at the patient/provider interface. Dimensions of care to be considered by this committee should include access (to services and commodities), effectiveness, safety, efficiency, and equity. The focus will be on front line service delivery that can directly impact health outcomes for individuals and populations. Recommendations would be targeted to key stakeholders including heads of state, ministries of finance and health, donors, health systems leadership, professions, and others.


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