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Healthcare Information Technology Exam Guide for CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician and HIT Pro Certifications by Brian Gugerty, Kathleen McCormick

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What Makes a Quality Measure Worth Measuring?

It is important to avoid measuring for the sake of measurement, that is, to avoid the inclination to measure merely because it is in vogue. Measurement should be based on an established need to change the status quo (e.g., insufficient care, too much care, unsafe care, or less than desirable outcomes) for which evidence shows that a change is effective. Evaluating evidence of processes that work requires some basic understanding of research and how such research is used to recommend guidelines for clinical practice. A research study is a process that records information (data) for a group of people to answer questions about a healthcare problem.13 Definitions of types of studies used to evaluate evidence ...

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