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Measuring quality in primary healthcare - Opportunities and weaknesses
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, The Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare. Research and Development unit for Primary Care, Futurum, Jönköping, Sweden.
Dutch College of General Practitioners, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
University of Maribor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Maribor, Slovenia.
2019 (English)In: Zdravstveno Varstvo, ISSN 0351-0026, E-ISSN 1854-2476, Vol. 58, no 3, p. 101-103Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The easy access to data from electronic patient records has made using this type of data in pay-for performance systems increasingly common. General practitioners (GPs) throughout Europe oppose this for several reasons. Not all data can be used to derive good quality indicators and quality indicators can’t reflect the broad scope of primary care. Qualities like person-centred care and continuity are particularly difficult to measure. The indicators urge doctors and nurses to spend too much time on the registration and administration of required data. However, quality indicators can be very useful as starting points for discussions about quality in primary care, with the purpose being to initiate, stimulate and support local improvement work. This led to The European Society for Quality and Patient Safety in General Practice (EQuiP) feeling the urge to clarify the different aspects of quality indicators by updating their statement on measuring quality in Primary Care. The statement has been endorsed by the Wonca Europe Council in 2018.

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National Institute of Public Health , 2019. Vol. 58, no 3, p. 101-103
Keywords [en]
primary healthcare; quality improvement; quality indicators; healthcare; reimbursement mechanisms; peer group education; quality circles
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-45342DOI: 10.2478/sjph-2019-0013ISI: 000472931300001PubMedID: 31275436Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85068455395Local ID: POA HHJ 2019;HHJIMPROVEISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-45342DiVA, id: diva2:1337286
Available from: 2019-07-12 Created: 2019-07-12 Last updated: 2019-07-23Bibliographically approved

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