Quality of Care

The U.S. health care system has well-known problems: high costs and high numbers of uninsured. Perhaps less publicized is the system's struggle to deliver high-quality care—that is, care that's likely to improve health and is consistent with current medical science.

Improving care is a long-term, complex challenge. In a series of studies spanning decades, RAND Health has confronted this challenge by helping to establish the scientific basis for defining and measuring quality of care.

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  • Report

    Expanding the Scope of Practice of Indiana's Nurses

    Mar 22, 2017

    Legislators in Indiana are considering expanding of scope of practice (SOP) for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Regulations allowing a full SOP for APRNs may improve provider supply, access to care, and use of care.

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    Engaging Consumers in the Quality Measurement

    Jan 10, 2017

    Engaging consumers in quality measurement is critical to improving quality of care. Researchers identified barriers to consumer participation and suggest ways to address these barriers.

  • Journal Article

    Development of Pediatric Quality Measures for Care Transitions

    Nov 28, 2016

    This project developed eight evidence-based measures to assess the quality of transitions across care settings from the perspective of caregivers.

  • News Release

    Retail Medical Care Clinics Do Not Reduce ER Visits

    Nov 14, 2016

    There has been hope that retail clinics would help lower health care costs by diverting care from costly emergency departments to more convenient and lower-cost retail clinics, but new findings do not support that idea.

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