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How can hospital performance be measured and monitored?

August 2003

ABSTRACT
Health Evidence Network (HEN) synthesis report on hospital performance Measurement is central to the concept of hospital quality improvement; it provides a means to define what hospitals actually do, and to compare that with the original targets in order to identify opportunities for improvement. The principal methods of measuring hospital performance are regulatory inspection, public satisfaction surveys, third-party assessment, and statistical indicators, most of which have never been tested rigorously. This report is HEN’s response to a question from a decision-maker. It provides a synthesis of the best available evidence, including a summary of the main findings and policy options related to the issue. HEN, initiated and coordinated by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, is an information service for public health and health care decision-makers in the WHO European Region. Other interested parties might also benefit from HEN. This HEN evidence report is a commissioned work and the contents are the responsibility of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the official policies of WHO/Europe. The reports were subjected to international review, managed by the HEN team. When referencing this report, please use the following attribution:

Shaw C (2003) How can hospital performance be measured and monitored? Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe (Health Evidence Network report; http://www.euro.who.int/document/e82975.pdf, accessed 29 August 2003). Keywords

QUALITY INDICATORS, HEALTH CARE STANDARDS HOSPITALS – STATISTICS – STANDARDS QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE DELIVERY OF HEALTH CARE DATA COLLECTION – METHODS DECISION SUPPORT TECHNIQUES HEALTH POLICY EUROPE

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How can hospital performance be measured and monitored? WHO Regional Office for Europe’s Health Evidence Network (HEN) August 2003

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