OPEN MINDS The Behavioral Health & Social Service Industry Analyst Special Feature Closing the gap between what we know and real-world practice is an operational definition for health care quality improvement. Delivering on that objective is a major challenge for the health care field, exemplified by an average 17-year lag between scientific discovery of best practice and widespread implementation. Applying that definition to the challenge of translating public health policy into widely accepted practice is an even greater challenge and imperative for the Obama administration, which is . . .
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