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October 15, 2014

What Makes a Good Quality Measure?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Kasier Permanente Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research, Pasadena, California
JAMA. 2014;312(15):1517-1518. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12819

In this issue of JAMA, reports on the relationship between clinical outcomes and quality measures by Neuman and colleagues1 and Howell and colleagues2 facilitate reflection on the attributes of good quality measures. These studies raise issues that are familiar to experts in quality measurement3 but may not be understood by physicians and others whose performance is being assessed. Although the reports present information on a variety of types of measures, this Editorial focuses on the clinical quality measures.

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