The Reform Of Medical Care

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Marsha: 1. Throughout history, a number of reformers have sought to improve the quality of medical care. What common thread connects them? Why did some fail? What were the successful able to see/do that others weren’t? One common thread that connected the reformers who pursued to improve the quality of medical care was their ability to discover a problem and attempt to determine the connection behind it. Many reformers were able to identify that there were similarities that were occurring with patient care (negative or positive) and they attempted to incorporate the changes to make improvements in medical care. Some reformers who initially appeared to have failed eventually had their ideas proven. Those that unfortunately did fail presented evidence of “the difficulties of changing a profession’s trajectory, even when the evidence clearly supports s need for change” (Longest & Darr, 2008, p. 309). When those reformers are striving to make improvements or changes, this is often met with resistance from others. “Codman’s reforming efforts brought him mostly ridicule, poverty, and censure” although this did not stop him (Longest & Darr, 2008, p. 310). This can affect other reformers from wanting to voice their ideas or concerns due to the type of treatment they may receive. One reason why reformers were successful was due to wartime. Shewhart was able to substantiate his theory regarding “quality can be improved by reducing variation” while exercising his philosophy
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