Six Aims for Quality Health Care

SafeAvoidance of injuries or harm from care that is intended to help patients
EfficientAvoidance of waste, which includes wasting equipment, supplies, ideas, time, and energy
EffectiveProvision of care based on scientific knowledge and evidence along with the avoidance of care that is not likely to benefit the patient
Personalized or patient-centeredProvision of care that respects the patient’s values and responds to the patient’s preferences and needs
TimelyReduction of time waiting and potentially harmful delays in care for those who give and receive care
EquitableProvision of care where quality does not vary based on characteristics such as sex, ethnicity, geographic location, or socioeconomic status