Measuring quality in arthritis care: The Arthritis Foundation's Quality Indicator set for osteoarthritis
Article first published online: 5 AUG 2004
Copyright © 2004 by the American College of Rheumatology
Arthritis Care & Research
Volume 51, Issue 4, pages 538–548, 15 August 2004
How to Cite
Pencharz, J. N. and MacLean, C. H. (2004), Measuring quality in arthritis care: The Arthritis Foundation's Quality Indicator set for osteoarthritis. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 51: 538–548. doi: 10.1002/art.20521
- Issue published online: 5 AUG 2004
- Article first published online: 5 AUG 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 APR 2003
- Manuscript Received: 17 NOV 2002
- Arthritis Foundation to RAND
- Canadian Arthritis Network
- Arthritis Health Professions Association
- Quality indicators;
- Patient safety
To develop a comprehensive set of explicit process measures to assess the quality of health care for osteoarthritis and to describe the scientific evidence that supports each measure.
Through a comprehensive literature review, we developed potential quality measures and a summary of existing data to support or refute the relationship between the processes of care proposed in the indicators and relevant clinical outcomes. The proposed measures and literature summary were presented to a multidisciplinary panel of experts in arthritis and pain. The panel rated each proposed measure for its validity as a measure of health care quality.
Among 22 measures proposed for osteoarthritis, the expert panel rated 14 as valid measures of health care quality.
Sufficient scientific evidence and expert consensus exist to support a comprehensive set of measures to assess the quality of heath care for osteoarthritis. These measures can be used to gain an understanding of the quality of care for patients with osteoarthritis.