Characteristics of clinical indicators

QRB Qual Rev Bull. 1989 Nov;15(11):330-9. doi: 10.1016/s0097-5990(16)30313-x.


This article will appear early next year as Chapter 2 in the Primer on Clinical Indicator Development and Application, a Joint Commission guidebook on clinical indicators. This section of the Primer defines clinical indicators and discusses their use in monitoring and evaluating factors in patient care. Examples are given of the two types of indicators, sentinel event and rate-based, which may measure either outcomes or processes of care. An explanation of indicator-specific information sets is also covered.

MeSH terms

  • Confidentiality
  • Continuity of Patient Care
  • Forms and Records Control
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Information Systems
  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care / methods*
  • Quality of Health Care / standards*
  • Research Design
  • Safety
  • United States