Child Health Care Quality Toolbox: Measuring Quality in Children's Health Programs


Child Health Care Quality Toolbox: Measuring Quality in Children's Health Programs


This Web site contains concepts, tips, and tools for evaluating the quality of health care for children. This online resource can help to answer the following (and related) questions about measuring health care quality in child health programs:

  • How can you tell whether children are receiving quality health care?
  • How do you know when a health program is functioning effectively?
  • Where can you find tools to help answer these questions?
  • If the right tool is not available, how can you develop your own?

The following topics are addressed:
  • Understanding quality measurement
  • Uses of quality measurement
  • Why child health measures?
  • Established child health care quality measures
  • Emerging measures
  • Choosing quality measures
  • Develop your own?
  • Resources

The site contains established child measures from the following developers:

  • The CAHPS ® (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) - a research-based survey measurement tool that is widely used for assessing access, communication, and other aspects of the experience of health care.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Quality Indicators - a screening tool to help identify areas of clinical and community health care appropriate for further, more indepth analysis.
  • Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS ®) - a widely used measurement set focused on clinical services and utilization, initially designed for use by purchasers and managed care organizations.
  • Title V Maternal and Child Health Programs - national performance measures are part of annual reporting by State Title V Maternal and Child Health Programs to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration.
  • Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) - Promoting Healthy Development Survey, developed under CAHMI, is a survey of parents or guardians of children 3-48 months old to assess how well health systems provide recommended preventive and developmental health care to young children. The Young Adult Health Care Survey is a survey of adolescents 14-18 years of age that assesses how well the health care system provides adolescents with recommended preventive care.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Funding Sources:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Release Date: 2002
Review Date: 2004
Recent Summary: December 2004
Original Summary: October 2003
Last Updated: 12/18/13

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