From chaos to order: health care quality in context.

  • David Freed
  • Published 1995 in Hospital materiel management quarterly


Quality underlies diverse efforts to repair the troubled health care system, yet the many abstract definitions offered are not particularly useful. A better approach is to evaluate quality in an applied or situational context. This article offers six propositions that establish such a context and explain why the current health care environment is so volatile. Some parallels between health care and the emerging field of science called chaos theory are drawn as a possible future basis for recognizing order in the health care system.

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@article{Freed1995FromCT, title={From chaos to order: health care quality in context.}, author={David Freed}, journal={Hospital materiel management quarterly}, year={1995}, volume={16 3}, pages={71-81} }