Assessing the Quality of Healthcare Provided to Children

by Rita Mangione-Smith, Elizabeth A. McGlynn

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The study's objectives were to present a conceptual framework for evaluating quality of care for children and adolescents, summarize the key issues related to developing measures to assess pediatric quality of care, examine some existing measures, and present evidence about their current level of performance. It concludes that pediatric health services researchers and the organizations that fund this work need to focus on developing a set of quality assessment tools that will address several challenging issues. Working within the context of the conceptual framework presented, the study draws several conclusions related to issues that should be considered in developing quality of care measures for children.

Originally published in: Health Services Research, v. 33, no. 4, Part II, 1998, pp. 1059-1090.

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