PHARMACY

PQA partnership will create rubric for patient-centered quality measurement

BY Sandra Levy

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance is partnering with the National Quality Forum and the National Health Council to engage patients and measure developers, and other stakeholders to create the Patient-Centered Engagement Rubric for Quality Measurement.

“Quality measures may be evidence based and valid, but many lack substantive patient participation throughout the measure lifecycle,” PQA director of research and quality strategies Matthew Pickering said. “To be useful, quality measure development must meaningfully incorporate patient input. Creating a patient-engagement rubric specific to quality measurement is an important step in the continuing shift to a healthcare system that is genuinely patient centered.”

PQA is the nation’s leading developer of consensus-based measures for medication safety, adherence and appropriate use, and has been at the forefront of including patients and caregivers in quality measure development.

The NHC provides a united voice for people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their caregivers, and has extensive experience engaging patients to create frameworks and policies to guide health care.

NQF promotes healthcare quality through measurement and improvement, and brings a wealth of patient engagement and policy experience to the process.

“As pioneers in the science of patient centricity and engagement, we are pleased to lend our expertise in rubric development to this partnership,” NHC strategic initiatives senior vice president Eleanor Perfetto said. “We are impressed with PQA’s commitment to integrating the patient voice across its quality measurement work.”

PQA said the initiative is supported by an independent educational grant from Merck.

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