The Criteria and Standards of Quality
Quite obviously, the criteria and standards of quality are the concrete and detailed representations of the more general concepts which constitute the definition of quality. In that way, this second volume is linked to the first; and it uses the opportunity to judge the criteria by the degree to which they correspond to the more general definitions and to their social purposes. But there is much else besides, particularly concerning the methods for constructing the criteria and the characteristics of the criteria as tools for measurement. Later, all this is gathered into a classification of the criteria that embodies the findings of the earlier chapters, followed by a detailed exposition of what further research remains to be done. A major purpose of this exploration, therefore, was to develop the principles and categories of thought by which the subject matter could be defined, classified, and understood. This was an attempt, in other words, to take some steps, however few or small, toward establishing a science of criteria.
What people are saying - Write a review
The Definition of Quality
Conclusions and Prospects
Diagnoses and Conditions
16 other sections not shown
ambulatory assigned Brook chapter cholecystectomy cholecystitis cholelithiasis classification common bile duct consensus criteria and standards criteria formulation criteria of process criteria sets criterion items decision decision analysis Delphi method Delphi technique described developed diabetes diagnosis differential weighting disease Dysuria elements example expected explicit criteria factors findings gallbladder Hare and Barnoon hospital Hulka hypertension implicit importance indicated individual internists jaundice judgments Lee and Jones Lembcke length of stay list of criteria measure medical audit method monetary cost Morehead operation opinions optimal Osborne and Thompson outcome criteria panel patient Payne pediatricians peer review percent physical examination physicians possible practice practitioners problem procedures process criteria pulmonary embolism quality assessment record referent relevant response result Riedel and Riedel sample score selected set of criteria specification stringency surgery symptoms Table therapeutic therapy tion urinary tract infection validity Williamson 1978a