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W21C Patient Safety Podcast


This podcast is about patient safety and quality improvement in healthcare, and is produced with the support of W21C - a research and innovation centre in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, Canada. Please visit www.patientsafetypodcast.ca and www.w21c.org to reach us. Email w21cedu@ucalgary.ca

Sep 20, 2013

In this episode Dr. Sachin Pendharkar explores overcrowded or access-limited healthcare systems and suggests that discussions of supply and demand are often inappropriately limited to lack of supply.


After listening to this podcast, listeners will: 

  • Understand that problems with overcrowding and long wait times are not always due to inadequate supply. 
  • Be aware of concepts of demand, supply and capacity and how they relate in healthcare systems. 
  • Recognize how variation can be a barrier to access, even in systems with an adequate supply to meet demand.

For more information visit our website at www.patientsafetypodcast.com

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