During 2002 and 2003, researchers at the National Quality Forum were asked to facilitate the identification of topics for performance measure development useful for the consumer in selecting mammography centers. The project was designed as the preliminary phase of a study that would test the assumption that consumers will act on quality information to select better care, thus stimulating providers to compete by improving quality. However, in part because of results from this phase of the project, the larger study was never carried out.
The National Quality Forum is a private, nonprofit, open membership corporation established in 1999 for the primary purpose of developing standardized measures and reporting mechanisms to facilitate and support health care quality improvement.
The project team identified six measures for further development that define quality mammography centers, focusing on the following topics: