Supplements The Aligning Forces for Quality Initiative: Early Lessons From Efforts to Improve Healthcare Quality
Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health Care Policy Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare System and Harvard Medical School, Boston
Evaluating a Community-Based Program to Improve Healthcare Quality: Research Design for the Aligning Forces for Quality Initiative
The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey provides a standardized instrument and data collection methodology for measuring patients’ experience with hospital care. The instrument contains 18 questions that encompass 8 key topics. It is used to assess trends in patient experience with hospital care in AF4Q communities relative to non-AF4Q communities.
The Health Resources and Service Administration’s Area Resource File
The Area Resource File contains measures of resource scarcity and information on health facilities, health professions, health status, economic activity, health training programs, and socioeconomic and environmental characteristics. Data are also available for hospitals in non-AF4Q service areas.
Author affiliations: Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (JAA); Jeff Beich Consulting, Grand Island, NY, and Penn State University, University Park, PA (JB); Center for Health Care and Policy Research, Penn State University, University Park, PA (LJB, DPS, YS); Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN (JBC); Center for Healthcare Equity and Institute for Healthcare Studies, Division of General Internal Medicine, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (RH-W); Institute for Healthcare Studies and Department of Emergency Medicine, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (MCM); Department of Health Policy and Administration, Penn State University, University Park, PA (JNM, DPS).
Funding source: This supplement was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The Aligning Forces for Quality evaluation is funded by a grant from the RWJF.
Author disclosures: Drs Alexander, Beich, Christianson, Hasnain-Wynia, McHugh, Mittler, Scanlon, and Shi and Ms Bodenschatz report no relationship or financial interest with any entity that would pose a conflict of interest with the subject matter of this article.
Authorship information: Concept and design (JAA, JB, LJB, JBC, RH-W, MCM, JNM, DPS); acquisition of data (JB, JBC, JNM, DPS); analysis and interpretation of data (JAA, JB, JBC, MCM, JNM, DPS, YS); drafting of the manuscript (LJB, JBC, RH-W, DPS, YS); critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content (JAA, JB, LJB, JBC, RH-W, MCM, JNM, DPS, YS); statistical analysis (YS); and obtaining funding (DPS).
Address correspondence to: Dennis P. Scanlon, PhD, Department of Health Policy and Administration, Penn State University, 504 Ford Bldg, University Park, PA 16802. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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