THE RICHARD AND HINDA ROSENTHAL LECTURES 2005
Next Steps Toward Higher Quality Health Care
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In 1988, an exciting and important new program was launched at the Institute of Medicine. Through the generosity of the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation, a lecture series was established to bring to greater attention some of the critical health policy issues facing our nation today. Each year a subject of particular relevance is addressed through a lecture presented by experts in the field. The lecture is published at a later date for national dissemination.
The Rosenthal lectures have attracted an enthusiastic following among health policy researchers and decision makers, both in Washington, D.C., and across the country. Our speakers are the leading experts on the subjects under discussion, and our audience includes many of the major policy makers charged with making the U.S. health care system more effective and humane. The lectures and associated remarks have engendered lively and productive dialogue. The Rosenthal lecture included in this volume captures three exciting presentations and the ensuing discussion on “Next Steps Toward Higher Quality Health Care.”
I would like to give special thanks to Drs. Elliott S. Fisher, George Isham, and Lucian L. Leape for their exciting and informative presentations at the 2005 lecture.
In addition, I would like to express my appreciation to Tyjen Tsai, Bronwyn Schrecker Jamrok, Ricky Washington, Hallie Wilfert, Christie Bell, Tony Burton, Jennifer Bitticks, and Jennifer Otten for ably handling the many details associated with the lecture program and the publication. No introduction to this volume would be complete, however, without a
special expression of gratitude to the late Richard Rosenthal and to Hinda Rosenthal for making this valuable and important education effort possible and whose keen interest in the themes under discussion further enriches this valuable IOM activity.
Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Institute of Medicine