Humanism in Healthcare Supports the Quadruple Aim

The Triple Aim framework was introduced in 2007 by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The goal is to simultaneously

  • improve the patient care experience
  • improve the health of a population, and
  • reduce per capita health care costs.

In the papers “From Triple to Quadruple Aim” and “Physician Well-Being: Expanding the Triple Aim” authors assert that an additional aim is required:

  • improving the work life of health care providers, including clinicians and staff.

At The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, we use the acronym I.E. C.A.R.E.S to provide a framework for humanism in healthcare: Integrity, Excellence, Collaboration & Compassion, Altruism, Respect & Resilience, Empathy, and Service. Click the statements below to see research demonstrating that humanism in healthcare supports the achievement of the Quadruple Aim.

  1. Humanism improves the patient care experience
  2. Humanism improves population health
  3. Humanism reduces healthcare costs
  4. Humanism improves the work life of healthcare providers