The central role of performance measurement in improving the quality of transitional care

Home Health Care Serv Q. 2007;26(4):93-104. doi: 10.1300/J027v26n04_07.


The objectives of this study were: (1) to demonstrate the ability of the Care Transitions Measure (CTM) to identify care deficiencies; (2) to devise and implement a quality improvement approach designed to remedy these deficiencies; (3) to assess the impact of the quality improvement approach on CTM scores; and (4) to test whether the CTM-3 predicts return to the emergency department. The CTM was found to be a sensitive tool able to capture changes in performance. The 3-item CTM was found to significantly predict post-hospital return to the emergency department within the first 30 days (p = 0.004).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Colorado
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Discharge / standards*
  • Patient Readmission
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care / standards*