Developing a patient-centered quality calculator

A Rand population-based study of quality revealed that, on average, Americans are getting about half of recommended care. The study garnered quite a bit of press attention. After its release, researchers at Rand received many inquiries from patients asking how they could judge the quality of care they are receiving. The purpose of this project is to explore translating the "QA Tools" system (a comprehensive measurement system that includes indicators related to acute, preventive, and chronic care that cover screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up) into a one-stop-shopping, Web-based calculator that will help individuals understand the quality of care they are receiving, as well as access recommendations for improving care deficiencies. Deliverables include a plan that will create a framework for the calculator, explore the market for such a tool, develop prototype calculator modules, outline options for ongoing support of the calculator and, if warranted, develop a full proposal for its development. This project will be considered successful if it results in a viable proposal for moving forward or provides a comprehensive report of lessons/recommendations on why the project should not move forward.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $75,000.00

Awarded on: 1/27/2004

Time frame: 2/1/2004 - 8/31/2005

Grant Number: 49838


Rand Corporation

1776 Main Street
P.O. Box 2138
Santa Monica, 90401-2138


Elizabeth A. McGlynn
Project Director