Quality assessment and assurance: unity of purpose, diversity of means

Inquiry. 1988 Spring;25(1):173-92.


In this paper I attempt to advance our understanding and appreciation of the several contributions to this anthology by placing their more important features in a unifying framework. In this way I hope to show their historical antecedents, their interrelationships, and their linkages to the central problems and purposes of quality assessment and assurance. But above all, I celebrate our rededication to quality in health care.

MeSH terms

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Economic Competition
  • Efficiency
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Patients / classification
  • Public Policy
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care*
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • United States