Quality (300) Equity and healthcare quality

16 September, 2021

To enhance our ongoing discussion about Quality health care dimensions I would like to share with you all the New Perspectives Discussion Paper of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) - formerly the Institute of Medicine - emphasizing the role of Equity as a priority for improving the quality of health care in the next 20 years!

The Discussion Paper entitled *"An Equity Agenda for the Field of HealthCare Quality Improvement (Sep 15, 2021) *"was just released today by NAM to commemorate the20th anniversary of its seminal publication, *To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System* (IOM 2000) and *Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century (IOM 2001). *Focused on the theme, "Centering Equity is imperative in delivering high quality health care" the Paper identifies the most important priorities for the healthcare quality movement in the next 20 years, and describes equity as the area of most urgent and cross-cutting concern for the field.

NAM suggests the following points from the Paper for continuing the conversation:

- "Providing high-quality health care means ensuring systems equitably support care delivery. The new NAM Perspectives highlights implementable actions, starting with improving data collection and quality, fostering trust & engaging the community:"

*- "*Equity must be embedded at the core of the health care system in order to provide the best outcomes for patients and communities. The new NAM Perspectives highlights priorities for increasing care delivery quality by putting health equity first":

* -"* Effective and diverse leadership is crucial for every aspect of performance in health care organizations – especially in supporting sustained movement toward centering and improving health equity in care"

-“Achieving equity in care quality and health outcomes requires listening to and learning from communities to devise systemic solutions that solve multiple problems.”

The Paper can be accessed" at https://doi.org/10.31478/202109b

Esha Ray Chaudhuri

Canada

HIFA profile: Esha Ray Chaudhuri is an Equity Analyst, in Canada. Professional interests: Equity Issues in Health and Health Care with particular focus on interface of Local and Global contexts. She is a member of the WHO-HIFA Catalyst Group on Learning for quality health services. https://www.hifa.org/projects/learning-quality-health-services Email address: ed.consult3 AT gmail.comk