• Bayer Institute for Health Care Communication

    The mission of the Bayer Institute For Health Care Communication is to enhance the quality of health care by improving the communication between clinician and patient through three major activities: education, research, and advocacy. The Institute stresses the concept that effective communication between clinician and patient is a necessity, not an option. We work with health care organizations to conduct research and provide educational opportunities to make it possible for clinicians to develop the communication skills they need to be effective.
  • Blum Patient and Family Learning Center

    The Maxwell & Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital is here to help you learn about health and illness. Volunteers, nurses, and a health educator are on-hand to help you find easy-to-read pamphlets, magazines, audio tapes, videos, CD-ROMs, web sites and both medical and consumer health books.

    The CAHPS Survey Users Network website where all of the surveys, other products, and research are made available to the public. On this site, you can learn about the CAHPS program and survey products and get the information and tools you need to conduct a CAHPS project.
  • Center for Excellence in Primary Care

    The fundamental goal of health care is to improve the health of the public. Abundant evidence indicates that health care systems built on a solid foundation of primary care deliver more effective, efficient, and equitable care than systems that fail to invest adequately in primary care. Primary care is endangered in the United States, and confronts major challenges worldwide. The chief external threats consist of the failure to invest an adequate share of the nation’s health care resources in primary care and to assure all people access to primary care. The principal internal threat consists of the failure of primary care clinicians and practice organizations to more nimbly and imaginatively innovate and implement new practice models in response to changing population health needs and the growing clinical demands of primary care practice. The Center for Excellence in Primary Care was created in 2005 to respond to these challenges. The mission of the Center is to catalyze the transformation of primary care at the regional, national, and international level.
  • Center for Information Therapy

    The Center for Information Therapy's mission is to improve health by getting the right information to the right person at the right time to help people make better health decisions. The Center is developing the information therapy concept into the foundation for a new patient-centered health care system. The Center operates in five areas: innovation, communication, evaluation, outreach, and policy.
  • Informed Medical Decision Foundation

    The primary mission of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation is to strengthen the role patients play in selecting treatments for their medical conditions. The Foundation achieves its mission via the following objectives: • Provide patients with the perspectives and information they need when they face decisions about medical testing and treatment • Improve the quality of decisions patients make in collaboration with their physicians • Foster research to learn how best to help patient who face health care decisions. At The Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, we believe that optimal medical decisions require fully informed patients who participate fully in a shared decision-making process, rather than delegating decisions to their doctors. We believe that one medical answer can never be right for all people. The decision that will best serve a particular patient often depends on the patient's own preferences and values. And the treatment that is best for one patient may not be best for another in exactly the same situation. At the Foundation, we consider the opportunity to engage in the process of shared decision making to be a basic right of every patient. By funding research projects and demonstration sites, we foster greater understanding of the many benefits of shared-decision making and help providers learn how to best use shared decision making in their day-to-day practice.
  • Group Practice Improvement Network (GPIN)

    GPIN is a nonprofit organization founded by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement that helps its members achieve and sustain performance excellence by sharing knowledge of best practices.
  • Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care

    The Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care is working to transform care by embracing service, wellness, patient and community empowerment, and innovation in systems for care and training at Harvard, academic health centers, and beyond.
  • Institute for Family-Centered Care

    The Institute for Family-Centered Care is a non-profit organization that provides essential leadership to advance the understanding and practice of family-centered care. By promoting collaborative, empowering relationships between providers and consumers, the Institute facilitates family-centered change in all settings where individuals and families receive care and support.
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement

    The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a not-for-profit organization driving the improvement of health by advancing the quality and value of health care. IHI is a reliable source of energy, knowledge, and support for a never-ending campaign to improve health care worldwide.
  • National Patient Safety Foundation

    The National Patient Safety Foundation's mission is to improve the safety of patients through our efforts to: Identify and create a core body of knowledge; Identify pathways to apply the knowledge; Develop and enhance the culture of receptivity to patient safety; Raise public awareness and foster communications about patient safety; and Improve the status of the Foundation and its ability to meet its goals.
  • Kenneth B. Schwartz Center

    The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center seeks to strengthen the relationship between patients and caregivers through education, training and support, and public education. Research will be funded in limited circumstances only. The Center supports initiatives which promise both immediate and long-term improvements to the patient-caregiver relationship. It also favors initiatives which, assuming they are successful, can be used as models by other health care organizations. The essence of healing is caring for the whole patient — body and mind. Moments of engagement between patients and caregivers offer valuable opportunities for understanding illness, calming anxiety and providing hope. The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center conducts pioneering programs to educate, train and support caregivers in the art of compassionate health care. It's basic medicine.
  • Society of General Internal Medicine

    The Society of General Internal Medicine is an international organization of physicians and others who combine caring for patients with educating and/or doing research. We are dedicated to improving patient care, education, and research in primary care and general internal medicine.