Quality of Medical Care
- 1st term
- Health Policy and Management
- 3 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2019 - 2020
Required: Introduction to Online Learning and an understanding of health care systems (or concurrent enrollment in Introduction to the US Health Care System). Strongly Recommended: Training and experience with writing US-style term papers or concurrent enrollment in 550.001.01 English for Academic Purposes I or similar training (eg, coursera – Academic English: Writing Specialization https://www.coursera.org/specializations/academic-english).
Introduces quality issues, including quality assessment and assurance performed by researchers, health systems, professional societies, and government and other third party organizations who pay for care. Provides a basis to evaluate the effectiveness of quality assessment and assurance activities. Describes different approaches to quality improvement and evaluation.
- Learning Objectives:
- Describe a framework for analyzing and improving the quality of medical care
- Explain how to assess quality of care for a medical condition, including: relative advantages/disadvantages of measuring structure, process, outcome; different assessment methods and need for risk adjustment; advantages and methods for assessing patient satisfaction
- Describe the fundamental elements of quality assurance in the United States
- Discuss how to develop a workable quality improvement and evaluation plan, including: theoretical framework, quality assessment, evaluating assessment results and developing goals for improvement, changing individual health professionals’ behavior
- Methods of Assessment:
Student evaluation based on a midterm paper and a final paper.
- Enrollment Restriction:
Restricted to graduate students
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required