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Health Care Quality Indicators Project: Initial Indicators Report

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  • Soeren Mattke
  • Edward Kelley
  • Peter Scherer
  • Jeremy Hurst
  • Maria Luisa Gil Lapetra
  • HCQI Expert Group Members
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    The OECD Health Care Quality Indicator (HCQI) Project was started in 2001. The long-term objective of the HCQI Project is to develop a set of indicators that can be used to raise questions for further investigation concerning quality of health care across countries. It was envisioned that the indicators that were finally recommended for inclusion in the HCQI measure set would be scientifically sound, important at a clinical and policy level and feasible to collect in that data would be available and could be made comparable across countries. It was also envisioned that the indicators would not enable any judgement to be made on the overall performance of whole health systems. In essence, they should be used as the basis for investigation to understand why differences exist and what can be done to reduce those differences and improve care in all countries. Le projet de l’OCDE sur les indicateurs de la qualité des soins de santé (HCQI) a été lancé en 2001. Son objectif à long terme est d’élaborer un ensemble d’indicateurs qui puissent être utilisés pour déterminer de nouvelles pistes de recherche sur la qualité des soins dans les pays de l’OCDE. Les indicateurs devant finalement être recommandés pour faire partie de cet ensemble d’indicateurs doivent en principe être pertinents du point de vue scientifique et importants sur le plan clinique et stratégique, et leur collecte réalisable dans la pratique au sens où les données y afférentes doivent être disponibles et comparables à l’échelon international. Ces indicateurs ne sont pas non plus censés permettre de porter un jugement sur la performance globale des systèmes de santé dans leur intégralité. Ils devraient essentiellement être utilisés comme point de départ pour comprendre pourquoi des différences existent et par quels moyens les réduire et améliorer les soins de santé dans tous les pays.

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    Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Health Working Papers with number 22.

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    Date of creation: 09 Mar 2006
    Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaad:22-en
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