Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends (CFACT): Publications by Staff
Janet L. Valluzzi
Author: Valluzzi J
Title: Evaluating and monitoring community-based programs
Publication: OT Practice 7(3):10-13
Abstract: This article outlines current best-practice guidelines and standards for community-based program evaluation and monitoring that have been developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine. A program is "a set of resources and activities directed toward one or more common goals, typically under the direction of a single manager or management team." Examples relating to occupational therapy services are provided to demonstrate program evaluation and performance-monitoring concepts and to portray the interplay between public health and rehabilitation perspectives in the evaluation and measurement of community-based services.
Authors: Machlin S, Valluzzi J, Chevarley F, Thorpe J
Title: Measuring ambulatory health care use in the United States: a comparison of 1996 estimates across four federal surveys
Publication: J Econ Soc Measurement 27(1-2):57-69. AHRQ Pub. No. 03-R020
Abstract: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services currently sponsors a number of national surveys that have different primary objectives and methodologies, but all can be used in different ways to produce general estimates of the use of ambulatory care in the United States. Among these surveys are MEPS, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS). Through a comparison of 1996 survey estimates, this paper describes important methodological considerations when using these different data sources for measuring ambulatory use. This paper complements a previous article comparing estimates of hospital inpatient utilization across several federal data sources.
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