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Health Serv Res. 1998 Oct;33(4 Pt 2):977-1000.

Overview of issues in improving quality of care for children.

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Center for Research on Quality in Health Care, RAND, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To provide a framework for a research agenda-setting conference on quality of care for children.

DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING:

Literature review.

CONCLUSIONS:

Research on quality of care for children has lagged behind its counterpart for adults. Defining key issues and questions in seven topic areas-the health of children; the efficacy and effectiveness of health services for children; assessing quality of care; improving quality of care within health services delivery systems; assessing and improving quality at the community level; getting financial incentives right; and disseminating information about the results of research investigations-will facilitate the development of an effective research strategy. Ultimately, enhanced information in these areas will lead to improvements in the processes and outcomes of care for children.

PMID:
9776946
PMCID:
PMC1070301
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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