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November 1997

Measuring Quality of Care in Neurology

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver (Dr Ringel), and the Department of Neurology, University of California, Los Angeles (Dr Vickrey).

Arch Neurol. 1997;54(11):1329-1332. doi:10.1001/archneur.1997.00550230010007

Neurologists are being asked to incorporate methods into daily practice that measure quality of care. Standards of care are increasingly being defined using evidence-based assessments of neurological literature. To evaluate quality of care, a widely accepted and useful model considers the structure, process, and outcomes of care. Outcomes, the impact of care on patients' health, should include measures of mortality, morbidity, disability, patient functioning and well-being (health-related quality of life), and patient satisfaction with care. A variety of private organizations and government programs exist to encourage documentation and promotion of high quality of care. This explosion in quality information is not yet standardized, so that much confusion exists about appropriate data elements to be measured. The challenge is to collect, summarize, and disseminate practical data useful to neurologists and the purchasers and consumers of our services.

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