Quality Matters Improving Population Health Through Communitywide Partnerships

2/2012

Many quality improvement techniques—including the promotion of evidence-based treatments and well-coordinated care—can improve health outcomes, but their influence is often limited by factors beyond clinicians’ control, such as patients’ education, employment, and social support.1 To address the social and economic factors that affect health, quality improvement initiatives must reach beyond the traditional boundaries of the health care system. One promising approach is the use of community-based partnerships that bring a wide range of stakeholders—health care providers, educators, business leaders, social service providers, community organizations, and clergy—together to promote healthy behavior, improve access to primary and preventive care, and reduce health disparities.

Source: The Commonwealth Fund

Available at: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Newsletters/Quality-Matters/2012/February-March/In-Focus.aspx?view=print&page=all

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