Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse (February 20, 2016)

We all want better healthcare quality. But what, exactly, is healthcare quality? It is not easily defined, let alone measured, although much has been written about this issue. There have been many suggestions for metrics that represent quality: certain process parameters, guideline compliance, volume, and so forth.

Let’s take this last one. Is volume a good general indicator for healthcare quality? Doubtful. For example, there is an ongoing debate about the merits of volume requirements for a range of surgical procedures. It appears that, at best, volume is indirectly related to quality…

Mark Stoutjesdijk

Radiologist and founder of Carelinkz. We provide ICT tools for seamless integration of value-based healthcare in the daily clinical practice.

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