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Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on Improving Quality in Long-Term Care, Improving the quality of long-term care / Gooloo S. Wunderlich and Peter Kohler, editors ; Committee on Improving Quality in Long-Term Care, Division of Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Long-term care facilites—Quality control. 2. Long-term care of the sick—Quality control. 3. Quality assurance. 4. Nursing homes—Quality control. I. Wunderlich, Gooloo S. II. Kohler, Peter O., 1938-III. Title
[DNLM: 1. Long-Term Care—United States. 2. Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)—United States. 3. Quality Assurance, Health Care—United States. W 84.7 I587 20001]
RA997 .I57 2001
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