Measuring the Quality of Care in Pediatrics

Published in: Oski's Pediatrics: Principles and Practice, 3rd ed. (Philadelphia, Pa.: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 1999), Chapter 5, p. 29-35

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1998

by Mark A. Schuster, Elizabeth A. McGlynn

The field of quality of care measurement and improvement has been growing since the late 1980s. Physicians may benefit from becoming familiar with this field because (a) it provides tools that can help physicians deliver better care, (b) many physicians are finding that the quality of the care they deliver is being measured by private and public entities, and (c) physicians can help shape the development and implementation of the field.

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