Application: Institute of Medicine Reports

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization whose work has helped
draw attention to quality concerns in health care. Two IOM reports, To Err is Human and Crossing
The Quality Chasm, particularly stand out for the provocative effect that they have had on quality
improvement efforts.
To prepare for this Application, review this week’s Learning Resources, including the executive
summaries of the two IOM reports and the article "Patient Safety at Ten: Unmistakable Progress,
Troubling Gaps."
The Assignment
Write a 2- to 3-page paper that addresses the following:

From your perspective as a health care professional and/or consumer,
summarize two or three of the most important messages of the IOM reports To
Err is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm.

Analyze at least two of the changes proposed in these reports, and explain how
they are expected to contribute toward the desired improvements.

Briefly assess some of the challenges related to these changes. (Select at least
one challenge for each change you have chosen to focus on.)

This Application is due by Day 7 of this week.
Your written assignments must follow APA guidelines. Be sure to support your work
with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and from additional
scholarly sources as appropriate. Refer to the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden
Students to ensure that your in-text citations and reference list are correct.

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