Evaluating Quality Care

This week we are taking a brief respite from the economics of surgical care to think about quality of care. The underlying point is, access without quality is not access, and the economics becomes a bit moot.

We first briefly discuss the measurement of quality. The question of “What is quality care?” followed by “How do we measure that?” could be considered a bit of a conundrum. The first paper reasonably defines the former in its elucidation of the latter. In Surg