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   Children's Health Care Quality, Fall 2000
Product type:
   Statistical Brief 3
MEPS component:
   Household Component
Publication date:
   May 8, 2002
   The quality of the health care received by children in America is an issue of public policy concern for several reasons. First, the level of quality of the health care delivery system affects the capacity to provide timely, accessible, effective and efficient medical care to children in need of services. In addition, all children may not be receiving care equally. Following these subgroups of children over time can provide information about whether greater equity has been achieved or whether serious gaps remain. In 2000, a parent-administered questionnaire was added to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) to collect a variety of health status and health care quality measures of children. The health care quality measures for this study were taken from the health plan version of CAHPS®, an AHRQ sponsored family of survey instruments designed to measure quality of care from the consumer's perspective. The questionnaire was administered in late 2000 and early 2001. All of the questions refer to events experienced in the last 12 months. This MEPS Statistical Brief presents preliminary analyses of what parents report about the quality of their children's medical care based on the 2000 MEPS parent-administered questionnaire.
   Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
   Web Only Publication
MEPS Topics:
   Access to Health Care, Children's Health, Quality of Health Care
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