Overview of issues in improving quality of care for children

Health Serv Res. 1998 Oct;33(4 Pt 2):977-1000.


Objective: To provide a framework for a research agenda-setting conference on quality of care for children.

Data sources/study setting: Literature review.

Conclusions: Research on quality of care for children has lagged behind its counterpart for adults. Defining key issues and questions in seven topic areas-the health of children; the efficacy and effectiveness of health services for children; assessing quality of care; improving quality of care within health services delivery systems; assessing and improving quality at the community level; getting financial incentives right; and disseminating information about the results of research investigations-will facilitate the development of an effective research strategy. Ultimately, enhanced information in these areas will lead to improvements in the processes and outcomes of care for children.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Health Services / standards*
  • Child Welfare
  • Community Health Services / standards
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards
  • Health Services Research / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Information Services
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / methods*
  • United States