Navigating in the turbulent sea of data: the quality measurement journey

Clin Perinatol. 2010 Mar;37(1):101-22. doi: 10.1016/j.clp.2010.01.006.


This article provides a roadmap for your quality measurement journey. It begins with a discussion of 3 approaches to measurement (improvement, accountability and research) and challenges readers to be clear about why they are measuring. Key milestones along the quality measurement journey are then presented and a framework for selecting measures, developing clear operational definitions, building data collection plans, and understanding the variation that exists in data is outlined. The article ends with a discussion of why data need to be linked to improvement strategies.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection* / methods
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Neonatology / standards*
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care* / methods
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care