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National Standards to Evaluate Health Care Quality Based on How Patients Feel
Date:7/11/2013

including patient input, and the necessity of scientific rigor. “The best way to represent the patient’s perspective is to take advantage of a resource that, to this point, has been largely underutilized – the patients themselves. The pathway outlined in this article presents a realistic and attainable means of tapping this valuable information so it can be used to improve both care and the care experience,” said Adams.

Quality programs that already are using patient reported outcomes in the U.S. and Europe are highlighted as well. “These standards are already being put to use,” said Torda. Her organization, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, is working with the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to identify patient-reported quality measurement approaches supported by electronic health records. “In the near future, electronic health records will need to integrate patient-reported outcomes,” she said.

“Widespread adoption will involve challenges including cost, new infrastructure, and cultural change,” said Basch. “The hope is that in the future, we’ll better understand the value of care in terms of outcomes that matter to people, and can therefore be said to be truly patient-centered.”

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Founded in 1999, NQF is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with over 440 organizational members. NQF members span the health care spectrum, including physicians, hospitals, businesses, consumer and patient representatives, health plans, certifying bodies and other healthcare stakeholders. NQF operates under a three-part mission to improve the quality of American healthcare by building consensus on national priorities and goals for performance improvement and working in partnership to achieve them; endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance; and promoting the attainment of national g
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