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Child Health Care Quality Toolbox

The Child Health Toolbox contains concepts, tips, and tools for evaluating the quality of health care for children.

 Understanding Quality Measurement

What Is Quality?

What Is Quality Measurement for Children?
How Is Quality Measurement Used?
What Does Quality Measurement Require?
What Do Quality Measurement Results Tell Us?
What Types of Measures Can We Use?

How Can We Interpret Results?
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Uses of Quality Measurement

Program Management


Quality Improvement

Reporting Results

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Why Child Health Measures?

Developmental Status and Change
Differential Epidemiology
Demographic Patterns
Children with Chronic Health Conditions
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Established Child Health Care Quality Measures

Overview: Existing Measurement Sets
Advantages of Using Established Measures
Quality Measures in State Reports

CAHPS®: Consumer Assessment of Health Plans

AHRQ QIs: AHRQ Quality Indicators

HEDIS®: Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set

Title V Maternal and Child Health Programs

Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI): Promoting Healthy Development Survey (PHDS)

Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI): Young Adult Health Care Survey (YAHCS)

Examples of How States Use Quality Measures

Mental Health Quality Measures

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Emerging Measures

Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI)


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Choosing Quality Measures

Some Planning Suggestions

Factors to Consider

Reviewing Some Selected Measures

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Develop Your Own?

Before You Begin

Developing Detailed Specifications
Data Issues to Keep in Mind

Reliability and Validity
Field Testing
An Alternative to Consider: Customizing Existing Measures
State-Designed and State-Negotiated Quality Measures
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Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics
Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children
Advancing State Child Indicators Initiatives

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Page last reviewed September 2012
Page originally created September 2012
Internet Citation: Toolbox Contents. Content last reviewed September 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.