Quality-related activities in federally supported health centers: do they differ by organizational characteristics?

J Ambul Care Manage. Oct-Dec 2008;31(4):303-18. doi: 10.1097/01.JAC.0000336550.67922.66.


Recent reports suggest the need for further study of the impact of organizational characteristics on quality-related activities in health centers. To better understand these issues, a cross-sectional assessment of quality-related activities in Health Resources and Services Administration-funded health centers was conducted using a mailed questionnaire. Associations between the extent and frequency of quality-related activities and organizational characteristics, including location, size, and accreditation status, were examined. In general, the frequency and type of most quality-related activities did not vary greatly by size and location, but differed by accreditation status. The findings can be explained in part by Health Resources and Services Administration/Bureau of Primary Health Care requirements and implementation of their Accreditation Initiative.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation
  • Catchment Area, Health
  • Community Health Centers / standards*
  • Community Health Centers / statistics & numerical data
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Demography
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Facility Size
  • Humans
  • Process Assessment, Health Care*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care*
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care*
  • Rural Health Services
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • United States Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Urban Health Services