Improving the Quality of Healthcare for Children

Implementing the Results of the AHSR Research Agenda Conference

by Neal Halfon, Mark A. Schuster, Wendy Valentine, Elizabeth A. McGlynn

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The objective of this study was to describe the rationale, development, content, and results of the AHSR-sponsored conference on developing a research agenda focused on improving the quality of care for children. The conference developed the research agenda focused on (1) monitoring the health of children; (2) evaluating the efficacy and effectiveness of health services for children; (3) assessing the quality of healthcare provided to children; (4) improving the quality of healthcare within health systems; (5) assessing the performance of community systems for children; (6) exploring the impact of different financial incentives on the provision of pediatric healthcare; and (7) developing and disseminating clinical practice guidelines and other information to physicians, families, and consumers. Specific issues and research questions in each area are also presented, along with strategies for implementing the research agenda. The report goes on to say that the proposed research agenda should be a national priority so that all Americans can be assured that children are receiving the best quality of care that the United States can provide.

Originally published in: Health Services Research, v. 33, no. 4, Part II, 1998, pp. 955-976.

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