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Evaluating the Quality of Health Care

10. Examples of Quality of Care Measures

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research has used both literature reviews and expert opinion to establish guidelines for care and quality-of-care criteria. The scientific literature has also been used to develop evidence-based practice guidelines and to evaluate both the appropriateness of use of procedures and the quality of inpatient care received by patients with multiple conditions (Brook, et al., 1996). The Cochrane Collaboration conducts similar reviews.

The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of improving the quality of health care by: building a consensus on national priorities and goals for performance improvement and working in partnership to achieve them; endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance; and promoting national goals through education and outreach programs.