Research Issues when Evaluating the Quality of Health Care

4. Types of Quality of Care Measures

Exercise 2

This exercise tests your knowledge of types of quality of care measures.  In this exercise you are asked to place each listed example into the appropriate category (Process measure, Structure measure, Intermediate outcome, Outcome).

Instructions:
Drag and place each of the following examples into the appropriate category.

Categories:
Process measure
Structure measure
Intermediate outcome
Outcome

Examples:
LDL-C (“bad” cholesterol)
Surviving one year
Stroke
Foot exam for patient with diabetes
Controlled blood pressure
Time spent with patient
Receiving a mammogram
Nurse/patient ratio
Ability to walk without pain
Hemoglobin A1C

Answers:
Process measure
Time spent with patient
Foot exam for patient with diabetes
Receiving a mammogram

Structure measure
Nurse/patient ratio

Intermediate outcome
LDL-C (“bad” cholesterol)
Hemoglobin A1C
Controlled blood pressure

Outcome
Stroke
Ability to walk without pain
Surviving one year