Measuring quality in end-of-life care

Clin Geriatr Med. 2000 May;16(2):387-400. doi: 10.1016/s0749-0690(05)70063-x.


Scrutiny of the quality of medical care near the end of life is increasing. Experts have begun to define and conceptualize quality of care for dying patients and are developing measurement tools to assess quality of care in this population. Definitions and conceptual models of quality of care at the end of life are reviewed. Approaches for measuring the processes and outcomes of end-of-life care are discussed. Approaches for initiating quality assessment of end-of-life care among geriatric patients are suggested.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Family / psychology
  • Goals
  • Humans
  • Models, Organizational
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care*
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Support
  • Terminal Care / methods
  • Terminal Care / psychology
  • Terminal Care / standards*