Assuring the Quality of Medical Care: The Impact of Outcome Assessment and Practice Standards
Two quality assurance technologies have emerged that may alleviate some of the problems associated with establishing causation and fault: severity-adjusted out- come assessment and practice guidelines or standards. The first is a data-gathering and processing system that attempts to isolate and measure the impact of the health care the patient receives on the patient's health status. The second is a documentation of professional consensus on what constitutes appropriate care. This article examines these technologies in terms of their usefulness in establishing causation and fault, and explores how the existing quality assurance system might be changed to take advantage of their capabilities.
Place of Original Publication
Law, Medicine and Health Care
18 Law, Medicine and Health Care 368 (1991)
Mehlman, Maxwell J., "Assuring the Quality of Medical Care: The Impact of Outcome Assessment and Practice Standards" (1991). Faculty Publications. 718.