Health at a Glance: Europe 2012 – OECD Publishing – 16 November 2012

Posted on January 17, 2013. Filed under: Health Status | Tags: , , |

Health at a Glance: Europe 2012 – OECD Publishing – 16 November 2012

“This second edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents a set of key indicators of health status, determinants of health, health care resources and activities, quality of care, health expenditure and financing in 35 European countries, including the 27 European Union member states, 5 candidate countries and 3 EFTA countries. The selection of indicators is based largely on the European Community Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist, a set of indicators that has been developed to guide the reporting of health statistics in the European Union.  It is complemented by additional indicators on health expenditure and quality of care, building on the OECD expertise in these areas. Each indicator is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, a brief descriptive analysis highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.”

ISBN 978-92-64-18360-5 (print)
ISBN 978-92-64-18389-6 (HTML)

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Development of Quality Indicators for the Home and Community-Based Services Population: Technical Report – AHRQ Quality Indicators – June 2012

Posted on January 2, 2013. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Community Services | Tags: , , |

Development of Quality Indicators for the Home and Community-Based Services Population: Technical Report – AHRQ Quality Indicators – June 2012

Prepared by: Ellen Schultz, Sheryl M. Davies, Kathryn M. McDonald, Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, Stanford University.  This project was funded by a contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

“Purpose

These quality indicators (QIs) are intended to reflect the health and well-being of beneficiaries receiving home and community-based services (HCBS) through state Medicaid programs. The indicators focus on the well being of HCBS beneficiaries as reflected by potentially preventable hospitalizations. These include hospitalizations for specific conditions associated with chronic disease exacerbation and progression as well as poor access to care and support services.”

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Patient-Centred Healthcare Indicators Review – International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations – 3 October 2012

Posted on October 29, 2012. Filed under: Patient Participation | Tags: , |

Patient-Centred Healthcare Indicators Review – International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations – 3 October 2012

Extract:

“Introduction and Aims

This literature review sought to identify and assess current initiatives and indicators which aim to measure the patient-centredness of organizations, countries, activities  and any other relevant stakeholders. It is part of a larger project being carried out by the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO), whose goal is to develop a robust set of indicators in order for healthcare service providers to measure how patient-centred they are. This will not only provide a baseline for patient-centredness among stakeholders, but also increase the potential for improvement in their vision, strategy and outcome.”

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Media release

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NHS Information Centre – Indicator Portal

Posted on March 28, 2012. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality | Tags: , , , |

NHS Information Centre – Indicator Portal

“This website gathers together a number of health and social care indicators. Currently these include:

Compendium of Population Health Indicators
A wide-ranging collection of over 1,000 indicators designed to provide a comprehensive overview of population health at a national, regional and local level. These indicators were previously available on the Clinical and Health Outcomes Knowledge Base website (also known as NCHOD).

GP Practice data
This is a collection of practice level data and is designed to improve healthcare and support patients in making better, informed choices about the practice they choose to register with.

Local Basket of Inequalities Indicators (LBOI)
This collection of 60 indicators helps organisations to measure health and other factors which influence health inequalities such as unemployment, poverty, crime and education. These indicators were previously available on the London Health Observatory website.

NHS Outcomes Framework
The NHS Outcomes Framework indicators will be used by the Secretary of State to hold the NHS Commissioning Board to account.

Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI)
SHMI is the new hospital-level indicator which uses standard and transparent methodology for reporting mortality at hospital trust level across the NHS in England.”

Media release – New information to help improve patient outcomes 

“New information that will help put the NHS on the side of patients and improve results for patients has been published today.

As part of the Government’s drive to improve results for patients, new detailed information on 20 of the 30 NHS Outcomes Framework indicators, which measure the care patients receive, has been published by the NHS Information Centre.”

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Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020 – Institute of Medicine [US] – 15 March 2011

Posted on March 16, 2011. Filed under: Health Status, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020 – Institute of Medicine [US] – 15 March 2011

“For the past three decades, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a national agenda aimed at improving the health of all Americans over each 10-year span. Under each of these Healthy People initiatives, HHS established health benchmarks and monitored how well people were reaching them over time. HHS asked the IOM to review the Healthy People 2020 objectives and recommend leading health indicators that could sharpen the focus of the agenda. In particular, the IOM was asked to identify 12 key topics and 24 key objectives, and to identify 24 leading indicators that are critical to the nation’s health needs.

With this basis, the IOM identified a set of basic principles for Healthy People 2020 and developed a conceptual framework within which the topics, indicators, and objectives would be developed or selected. The IOM concludes that the indicators for Healthy People 2020 should prove valuable in eliciting interest and awareness among the general population; motivating diverse population groups to engage in activities that will exert a positive impact on specific indicators and, in turn, improve the overall health of the nation; and providing feedback on progress toward improving the status of specific indicators.”

…continues on the site

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A Citizen’s Guide to Health Indicators – Health Council of Canada – January 2011

Posted on February 8, 2011. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Policy, Patient Participation | Tags: , |

A Citizen’s Guide to Health Indicators – Health Council of Canada – January 2011

“For individuals with an interest in health care and how to use health information, this resource provides an introduction to health indicators, what they are, where they come from, and how they can influence health care decisions and policies. Health indicators have become a major part of the health information that many Canadians see daily. The guide defines indicators as high-quality statistics or measures that help individuals understand and compare Canadians’ health and health care. “

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Health care systems: efficiency and institutions – OECD – 19 May 2010

Posted on June 8, 2010. Filed under: Health Economics, Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Status | Tags: , , |

Health care systems: efficiency and institutions – OECD – 19 May 2010

“This paper presents a set of indicators to assess health care system performance. It also presents new comparative data on health care policies and institutions for OECD countries. This set of indicators allows the empirical  characterisation of health care systems and the identification of groups of countries sharing similar health institutions. It also helps to uncover strengths and weaknesses of each country’s health care system and assessing the scope for improving value-for-money. The empirical analysis suggests that there is room in all countries surveyed to improve the effectiveness of health care spending; there is no health care system that performs systematically better in delivering cost-effective health care – big-bang reforms are therefore not warranted; increasing the coherence of policy settings, by adopting best policy practices within a similar system and borrowing the most appropriate elements from other systems will likely be more practical and effective to raise health care spending efficiency.”

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Quality and Efficiency in Swedish Health Care: Regional Comparisons 2008

Posted on June 16, 2009. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , |

Quality and Efficiency in Swedish Health Care: Regional Comparisons 2008

Year of publication: 2009
Number of pages: 252
Article number: 2009-126-144

Sweden – a decentralized health care system

In Sweden 21 county councils and regions are responsible for supplying their citizens with health care services. This includes hospital care, primary care and psychiatric care. A county council tax supplemented by a state grant is the main mean of financing the health care system. In addition to that small user fees are paid at the point of use. Long term care for the elderly is financed and organized by the municipalities. Each county council and region is governed by a political assembly, with its representatives elected for a four year period at every general election.

101 indicators in a straightforward model of presentation

In this report, 101 quality and performance indicators are used to compare the county councils and regions. They are grouped and presented as follows:

• A Medical Results 63 indicators

• B Patient Experiences 9 indicators

• C Availability of care 14 indicators

• D Costs 15 indicators” … continues on the website

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Healthy Canadians – A Federal Report on Comparable Health Indicators 2008

Posted on May 29, 2009. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Status | Tags: |

Healthy Canadians – A Federal Report on Comparable Health Indicators 2008 published May 2009

“Health indicators help keep Canadians informed about the progress of renewing and strengthening health care in Canada. Health indicator reports provide information on health care across the country and allow governments and Canadians to compare data, track changes, see progress and identify areas for improvement within the health care system.

At the First Ministers’ Meeting in 2000, an agreement was made to develop a framework of health indicators that could be compared across fourteen jurisdictions in Canada. In 2003, health ministers signed the First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal, which stated each jurisdiction will report regularly on its health programs and services, health system performance, health outcomes and health status. This information is important for governments to make informed decisions about health care and share best practices across the jurisdictions.”

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