section helps to guide you through the processes of identifying
quality measures. For instructions, scroll down the page, or click
on the links below.
access the inventory's Overview page, several options are offered:
the inventory for quality measures meeting your organization's
measures or measurement data to the inventory.
CQAIMH's mailing list for updates to the inventory and other
up definitions of terms used in the inventory and guide.
"Search for Measures" on the introductory screen, you
will be taken to the screen below. The search engine allows you
to specify the type of measures needed based on your organization's
clinical priorities and assessment needs. The search will return
a list of measures meeting these specifications. Begin by selecting
at least two parameters. Once you have made your selections, click
on the 'Search' button.
Are the quality improvement priorities of the organization specific
to one or more categories of disorders? Many measures are specific
to clinical diagnostic categories, including those below. Many
other measures are not disorder-specific and can be used across
Are the quality improvement priorities specific to one or more
- Low Income
- Dual Diagnosis
Setting: Traditional quality assurance activities focused
on inpatient care. More and more, contemporary quality improvement
examines treatment across the continuum of levels of care.
or Substance Abuse Unit
- Home and
of Quality: While the largest number of available quality
measures focus on the treatment delivered, a number of other process
domains are also subject to quality assessment and improvement.
Safety & Errors
Quality measures focusing on treatment are further categorized
as examining biological, psychosocial, or other treatment subtypes.
- Case Management
(e.g. ACT, ICM)
Source: Data sources required by measures determine
the effort and resources needed for data collection. What types
of data are available in your organization? Are there resources
available for medical record abstraction or patient surveys?
Level: How important is a measure's basis in research
evidence to your measure selection process. Specifying higher
levels of evidence will result in fewer measures, but those provided
include a summary of the research literature and references.
- Good research-based evidence
- Fair research-based evidence with supporting clinical consensus
- Little research evidence, primarily based on clinical consensus
Among Available Measures
request will yield a list of measures meeting the specified criteria.
If a search returns too many measures, return to the search page
and specify one or more additional parameters. If no measures
meeting the criteria are available, try fewer or different parameters.
Scroll through the list of measures using the 'next page' and
'previous page' links at the bottom of the screen.
listed on the screen above is linked to information about the
measure. Click on the measure title to access a measure report.
This information is printable by scrolling to 'Print' under the
'File' window of your browser or by right clicking with the cursor
on the page.
report includes a brief summary of the measure, the clinical rationale
and references, the numerator and denominator (if permitted by
copyright), and other measure attributes. In addition, active
links to measure developers and users are listed, along with standards,
if any, set by these organizations for performance on the measure.
Data to the Inventory
contribute information from your organization's quality improvement
activities to the inventory, allowing other organizations to learn
from your experience, by clicking on the 'Report Measures' button
located on the horizontal navigation bar. Types of information
you can contribute include:
- New measures
specifications of existing measures
results from your organization
for measures set by your organization
used to improve performance on measures
evidence/references in support of measures