Figure 4.6. Factors That Affect Disease Process and Outcome Measures (Text Description)

Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action

Flow chart showing factors which affect Quality of Care measures, divided into two categories; Difficult-to-Change Factors and Feasible-to-Change Factors.

Difficult-to-Change Factors:

  • Patient Risk of Disease;
    • Biological.
    • Socioeconomic.
  • External Environment;
    • Disease prevalence.
    • Health care system.

Feasible-to-Change Factors:

  • Patient Ability to Self-Manage;
    • Behavior
    • Knowledge
    • Compliance
  • Patient Ability to Self-Manage;
    • Incentives
    • Knowledge
    • Educational tools
    • Referral networks
  • External Environment;
    • Access to care
    • Health care resources
    • Government resources
    • Government leadership
    • QI programs

Quality of Care:

  • Process Measures.
  • Outcome Measures.

Source: Calculated from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 2003 data.

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Page last reviewed September 2009
Internet Citation: Figure 4.6. Factors That Affect Disease Process and Outcome Measures (Text Description): Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/quality-resources/tools/asthmaqual/asthmacare/figure4-6txt.html