improvement would be to compare the current problem (e.g., take sampling of providers’ infection rates) to the theoretical limit (e.g., no infection rates). The economic value to society, including the patient’s perspective, should be assessed. What is not “perfect” is the opportunity for change. Thinking in this manner could help provide discipline in characterizing problems and finding solutions.
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