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Health Care Manage Rev. 2003 Jan-Mar;28(1):41-54.

Learning curves in health care.

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Departments of Pediatrics and Pathology, School of Medicine, and Department of Marketing, Information and Decision Sciences, Anderson Schools of Management, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Abstract

This article explores the uses of learning curve theory in medicine. Though effective application of learning curve theory in health care can result in higher quality and lower cost, it is seldom methodically applied in clinical practice. Fundamental changes are necessary in the corporate culture of medicine in order to capitalize maximally on the benefits of learning.

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