Appraising the Quality of Care in Surgery

Mayer, Erik K.; Chow, Andre; Vale, Justin A.; Athanasiou, Thanos
August 2009
World Journal of Surgery;Aug2009, Vol. 33 Issue 8, p1584
Academic Journal
There is currently no validated measurement system available for quality of care assessment in surgery despite all of the inherent benefits of such an approach. A structured quality framework needs to be developed and incorporate measures that are truly reflective of several important dimensions of care within the entire treatment episode. Presently this has been only partially addressed. These measures of quality can be categorized into clinical pathway measures (structure of care, process of care, outcome of care, and economic measures of care) and patient-reported measures (patient-reported treatment outcomes, health-related quality of life measures, and patient satisfaction). Combining these measures to create an overall composite quality score can be made feasible only if it is supported by the use of robust statistical methodology. It is important to use appropriate display of performance data to facilitate provider engagement in quality improvement initiatives. This article was designed to present such a structured approach of a quality framework, which is required to appraise the quality of care in surgery to enhance future quality improvement programmes.


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