Better Ways to Measure Child Health and Health Care Quality Needed -- New IOM Report


The United States lacks robust national- and state-level indicators about children’s and adolescents’ health status and care that can provide reliable guidance on questions such as whether children are thriving and whether investments in publicly financed health care programs like Medicaid are leading to improvements in their well-being. Researchers must examine data drawn from a variety of federal and state sources that often lack standardization, hindering researchers’ ability to aggregate data, or lack information on specific groups, such as minorities or youths with disabilities. Child and Adolescent Health and Health Care Quality: Measuring What Matters, a new report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, recommends five steps to build a comprehensive, integrated approach to capturing and prioritizing health and health care quality indicators for children and adolescents. The report is available for immediate release. Reporters can obtain a copy from the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-1632 or e-mail