[Performance indicators as a measure of the quality of medical care: rhetoric and reality].

@article{Giard2005PerformanceIA,
  title={[Performance indicators as a measure of the quality of medical care: rhetoric and reality].},
  author={Raimond W M Giard},
  journal={Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde},
  year={2005},
  volume={149 49},
  pages={2715-9}
}
Performance indicators may provide an indication of insufficient quality of medical care but they do not identify the cause of the problem. The political context for performance indicators is based on market ideology, where quality improvement is the goal and consumer pressure is the means. It is usually difficult to compare performance indicators among hospitals given the differences in definitions, methods of assessment, case mix, preclinical factors and data quality. Performance indicators… CONTINUE READING