More Data Needed On Health Status of Children
The recommendations of the IOM Committee on Pediatric Health and Health Care Quality Measures were the topic of a recent article in FierceHealthcare.
In response to a Congressional request in the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization of 2009, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council evaluated current practices in the measurement of child and adolescent health and quality of care. The committee concluded that efforts “to identify, monitor, and address persistent health and healthcare quality disparities among children and adolescents” is hindered by a lack of standardization in many key areas of measurement, including race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, primary language spoken at home and parental English proficiency. The committee recommended five steps to stimulate research in this area, and recommended that one of the key plans for reducing disparities in measuring child and adolescent health and healthcare quality include a “life-course approach,” that would examine the way in which certain events at each stage of development affect future health and healthcare quality.
The committee said the increasing diversity among the child and adolescent population is one of reasons for which measurement is particularly important. More information on the report is available at http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Child-and-Adolescent-Health-and-Health-Care-Quality/Report-Brief.aspx (Simmons, 4/26).