Planning for a documentary and instructional videos on health care quality

The Foundation's program, Documenting Quality: Two Film Products, was designed to produce films highlighting Pursuing Perfection grantees to help health care providers, administrators, stakeholders, and opinion leaders understand that it is possible to provide care of dramatically higher quality.There are serious problems with the quality of health care in America, yet except for a handful of bold organizations and individuals, there is little understanding of the need to improve quality and the changes necessary to achieve significant improvements in the quality of care. This grant supports the development of plans for two film products on the subject of the quality of health care in America: (1) a documentary film for prime time PBS broadcast on the need for and the possibility of achieving dramatic improvements in the quality of care; and (2) a series of instructional videos for health industry leaders based on the work of Pursuing Perfection grantees. ("Pursuing Perfection: Raising the Bar for Health Care Performance" is a Foundation program to help hospital organizations and physician organizations dramatically improve patient outcomes by pursuing perfection in all of their major care processes.) The documentary will draw its primary inspiration from the Institute of Medicine report, "Crossing the Quality Chasm," which calls for sweeping redesign of the American health care system.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $392,929.00

Awarded on: 11/30/2001

Time frame: 12/1/2001 - 9/30/2002

Grant Number: 44110


Film Arts Foundation

P.O. Box 460903
San Francisco, 94146-0903


Frank Christopher
Project Director