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Quality of Care and Performance Measures

For this assignment you are being asked to consider quality of care and performance measures. Using course materials, the Internet, and your Cybrary you are to address the following questions:

What is quality?

Why is it important to measure quality of care?

What do you believe is the most effective measure of quality and why?

While there are no right answers to these questions, it is necessary to support your position with evidence, demonstrate a reason why the quality measure you selected is better than other available measures, and cite the sources you use in addressing these questions.

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What is quality?

Quality in very simple terms means conformance to requirements.

Definition from Wikipedia(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quality)

Quality refers to the inherent or distinctive characteristics or properties of a person, object, process or other thing. Such characteristics may enhance a subject's distinctiveness, or may denote some degree of achievement or excellence. When used in relation to people, the term may also signify a personal character or trait.

Definition of quality from the perspective of health care:

The degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are ...

Solution Summary

Quality refers to the inherent or distinctive characteristics or properties of a person, object, process or other thing.

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