Assessing and categorizing whether actual care conforms to clinical practice guidelines is an increasingly common approach to measuring appropriateness and quality of health services. Often, however, the process of care that is to be categorized simply as conforming or not may involve several different components or dimensions. This project will analyze existing data concerning one example of such a summary measure, conformance with American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations regarding gastroenteritis, for the purpose of evaluating the extent to which the overall measurements of whether practices conform may be sensitive to choices between alternative approaches for assessing the different components or dimensions of care.
EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION:09/30/2001
AGENCY SPONSOR: Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research
FEDERAL CONTACT: Steve Fox, 301-597-1485
PIC ID: 7037.1
PERFORMER: MEDSTAT Group, Cambridge, MA