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Quality of Care

The Institute of Medicine (IOM)External Web Site Policy defines quality of 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." In 1999, the IOM issued Ensuring Quality Cancer CareExternal Web Site Policy, a report that documented significant gaps in the quality of cancer care in the United States.

To enhance our ability to address these gaps, the Outcomes Research Branch supports several research initiatives aimed at understanding the determinants of the quality of cancer care, and developing, improving, and implementing quality measures. These initiatives include the following:

Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014