Int J Qual Health Care. 2013 Feb;25(1):75-80. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzs074. Epub 2012 Nov 21.
Developing mental health-care quality indicators: toward a common framework.
SourceDepartment of Psychiatry, Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, USA.
OBJECTIVE:Inconsistent performance measurement schemes hinder attempts to make international comparisons about mental health-care quality. This report describes a project undertaken by an international collaborative group that aims to develop a common framework of measures that will allow for international comparisons of mental health system performance.
DESIGN:Representatives from each country submitted reports of quality measurement initiatives in mental health. Indicators were reviewed, and all measurable indicators were compiled and organized. Sample Twenty-nine programs from 11 countries and two cross-national programs submitted reports.
METHODS:Indicators were evaluated according to measurable inclusion criteria.
RESULTS:These methods yielded 656 total measures that were organized into 17 domains and 80 subdomains.
CONCLUSIONS:No single program contained indicators in all domains, highlighting the need for a comprehensive, shared scheme for international measurement. By collecting and organizing measures through an inductive compilation of existing programs, the present study has generated a maximally inclusive basis for the creation of a common framework of international mental health quality indicators.
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