This article explores whether trauma center quality metrics based on historical data can reliably predict future trauma center performance.
Publications on Health Care Quality
Quality of care is the extent to which all individuals receive the right care, at the right time, every time. RAND has been conducting research on measuring and assessing quality of health care for 40 years, and RAND teams developed many of the quality measures being used around the world today. In 2005, RAND analysts produced the first national report card on quality of care in the United States.
Satisfaction With Massachusetts Nursing Home Care Was Generally High During 2005–09, With Some Variability Across Facilities 2020
Satisfaction with care in Massachusetts nursing homes is high, but family members are less satisfied with the physical and social activities available to residents.
State "Technical Assistance Programs" for Nursing Home Quality Improvement: Variations and Potential Implications 2020
We conducted a national survey on state technical assistance programs for nursing homes to collect data on program design, operations, financing, and perceived effectiveness.
Children's Health in Washington, D.C.: Access and Health Challenges Despite High Insurance Coverage Rates 2009
Assesses children's health issues in Washington, D.C., including the health care delivery system and neighborhood health environments.
Examines how California's ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) compare with hospital outpatient surgery departments and how the state compares with other states in regulating ASCs.
Organizing for Quality: Inside the ''Black Box'' of Health Care Improvement in Europe and the United States 2008
This research brief summarizes a book on health care quality improvement efforts, suggesting a focus on the organizational and human dimensions of change and the processes by which these dimensions are set in motion and unfold over time.
Consumer-Directed Health Care: Early Evidence Shows Lower Costs, Mixed Effects on Quality of Care 2007
This research brief summarizes research on the effect of enrollment in consumer-directed health care (involving plans with high deductibles -- $1,000 or more annually) on the use, cost, and quality of medical care.
A team of experts from RAND Health has developed a system for measuring the quality of care delivered to the elderly and used the system to assess the quality of care given to a group of community-dwelling older adults who were members of a managed care plan.
Consumer choice is a key approach to improving the quality of health care for Americans.
We need valid measures for assessing quality of care for prostate cancer, and we need to understand how variations in quality of care affect treatment outcomes. RAND researchers have built the framework necessary to begin this evaluation.