Optimal reporting of health care process measures: inferential statistics as help or hindrance

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

Publication Date

January 2001

Document Type



Health Services Research; Humans; Models, Statistical; Process Assessment (Health Care); *Quality Indicators, Health Care; Risk Adjustment


Bioinformatics | Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research


In this paper we discuss the appropriate application of inferential statistics to practice profiles and other measures of care. To accomplish our objectives, we first describe the relative merits of measuring three well-recognized domains of medical quality: structure, process, and outcome. Next, we discuss inferential statistics as used in quality improvement. We then describe several common circumstances that arise in the measurement of medical care, giving attention to the application of inferential statistics to each situation. We end with a brief discussion of statistical techniques commonly used in the measurement of quality and challenges that arise with their use.


Manag Care Q. 2000 Autumn;8(4):1-10.

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Managed care quarterly

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