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June 2007 (Volume 85)
June 2007 | Joanne Lynn, Barry M. Straube, Karen M. Bell, Stephen F. Jencks, Robert T. Kambic | Featured Article
The model discussed in this article divides the population into eight groups: people in good health, in maternal/infant situations, with an acute illness, with stable chronic conditions, with a serious but stable disability, with failing health near death, with advanced organ system failure, and with long-term frailty. Each group has its own definitions of optimal health and its own priorities among services. Interpreting these population-focused priorities in the context of the Institute of Medicine’s six goals for quality yields a framework that could shape planning for resources, care arrangements, and service delivery, thus ensuring that each person’s health needs can be met effectively and efficiently. Since this framework would guide each population segment across the institute’s “Quality Chasm,” it is called the “Bridges to Health” model.
Author(s): Joanne Lynn; Barry M. Straube; Karen M. Bell; Stephen F. Jencks; Robert T. Kambic
Keywords: health care reform; community health planning; health services needs and demand; person-focused health
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Volume 85, Issue 2 (pages 185–208)
Published in 2007
Commentary on the “Bridges to Health” Model
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