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Escape Fire: Designs for the Future of Health Care
Spanning a decade (1992-2002), these speeches echo the theme that our health care system needs fundamental change and a revolutionary new design. Throughout the book, Berwick identifies innovations and ideas from a number of surprising sources--a girls' soccer team, a sinking ship, and the safety standards at NASA. Escape Fire takes its title from the 1949 Mann Gulch trage ...more
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Jossey-Bass
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I read this because the author is my daughter's boss (and he is a terrific boss.) The ideas are better presented in this week's NY Times Magazine cover article about Dr. Brent James. The movement to improve quality of and access to medical care, while reducing waste and cost, is an important one. Dr. Berwick also has some interesting ideas about giving patients more control of their care. As a literary effort, however, this collection of keynote speeches at an annual conference is repetitive and ...more
This book was just ok. Collected speeches of the author. Ideas on patient centered care, social justice and progressive ideas regarding socialized medicine. Some good ideas here but it was hard to digest. Political bias interferes with the book-if you don't agree with the premise, it's a tough read.