Standards for health care: A necessary but unknown quantity

Brand, Caroline A., Ibrahim, Joseph E., Cameron, Peter A. and Scott, Ian A. (2008) Standards for health care: A necessary but unknown quantity. Medical Journal of Australia, 189 5: 257-260.

Author Brand, Caroline A.
Ibrahim, Joseph E.
Cameron, Peter A.
Scott, Ian A.
Title Standards for health care: A necessary but unknown quantity
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 2008-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 189
Issue 5
Start page 257
End page 260
Total pages 4
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
1103 Clinical Sciences
Formatted abstract
  Health care workers agree that it is necessary to improve the quality of health care for Australian patients by designing systems to avoid the risk of preventable harm.

An important component of such a system is the capacity to measure, monitor and act on health care performance data. This is the current focus of health care reform around the world, including Australia.

  Health care quality can be measured by a variety of methods. In response to slower than anticipated health care reform, there is increasing interest in the use of nationally defined standards, which could be subject to mandatory external reporting and remedial processes.

•  Here, we consider the issues that are likely to arise if national standards are to be developed and implemented in Australia, and provide a model for developing the standards.
Keyword Health care standards
Health care quality
Patient care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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