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September 2007

Bridging the Quality Chasm for Children: Need for Valid, Comprehensive Measurement Tools

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(9):909-910. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.9.909

In the current issue of the Archives, Mack et al1 present a study entitled “Quality of Health Care for Children: Role of Health and Chronic Illness in Inpatient Care Experiences.” They report that parents of hospitalized children who perceived the fewest problems with care also perceived their children to be in the best health, regardless of whether their child had a chronic condition. The directionality of this relationship is of interest. Based on the data presented, the title could validly be changed to “Quality of Health Care for Children: Role of Inpatient Experiences in Health and Chronic Illness.”