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What is Quality Dialysis Care?
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1990 defined quality care as: "The degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge."
Six Aims for Improvement set by the IOM to improve care:
1. Safer, avoid harm to patients from care that should help them
2. Infective: provide care based on science to all who could benefit.
3. Patient-centered: provide care that respects and responds to patients wishes, needs, and values, and ensure that patient values guide clinical decisions.
4. Timely: reduce waits and sometimes harmful delays for those who receive and give care.
5. Efficient: avoid waste of equipment, supplies, ideas, and energy.
6. Equitable: provide care that does not vary in quality due to gender, ethnicity, geography, education level, and income.