Quality by Design offers a new and innovative approach to transforming our health care system to be safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered. The authors' microsystem concepts and proven approach achieve the best patient outcomes by developing reliable, efficient, and responsive systems that have the capability of meeting the individual needs of one patient, continually improving care for the next patient, and creating a great place to work for all staff. Quality by Design reflects the research and applied training conducted at Dartmouth Medical School under the leadership of Eugene Nelson, Paul Batalden, and Marjorie Godfrey. The book includes the research results of high-performing clinical microsystems, illustrative case studies that highlight individual clinical programs, guiding principles that are easily applied, and tools, techniques, and methods that can be adapted by clinical practices and interdisciplinary clinical teams. The authors describe how to develop microsystems that can attain peak performance through active engagement of interdisciplinary teams in learning and applying improvement science and measurement; explore the essence of leadership for clinical Microsystems; show what mid-level leaders can do to enable peak performance at the front lines of care; outline the design and redesign of services and planning care to match patient needs with services offered; examine the issue of safety; describe the vital role of data in creating a rich and useful information environment; provide a core curriculum that can build microsystems' capability, provide excellent care, promote a positive work environment, and contribute to the larger organization. Quality by Design offers powerful theoretical frameworks and principles, valuable tools and techniques, and an action-learning program.Nelson, Eugene C. is the author of 'Quality By Design A Clinical Microsystems Approach', published 2007 under ISBN 9780787978983 and ISBN 0787978981.