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1st Annual Crossing the Quality Chasm Summit: A Focus on Communities


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On January 6 and 7, 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) hosted the 1st Annual Crossing the Quality Chasm Summit, convening a diverse group of national and community health care leaders to pool their knowledge and resources with regard to strategies for improving patient care for five common chronic illnesses: asthma, depression, diabetes, heart failure, and pain control in advanced cancer. This summit was a direct outgrowth and continuation of the recommendations put forth in the 2001 IOM report Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century.

The summit's purpose was to offer specific guidance at both the community and national levels for overcoming the challenges to the provision of high-quality care articulated in the Quality Chasm report and for moving closer to achievement of the patient-centered health care system envisioned therein.

The resulting IOM report, 1st Annual Crossing the Quality Chasm Summit: A Focus on Communities synthesizes the strategies and action plans developed at the summit and presents commitments made by national level organizations or "national champions".