National quality measures for child mental health care: Background, progress, and Next Steps

Bonnie T. Zima*, J. Michael Murphy, Sarah Hudson Scholle, Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood, Ramesh C. Sachdeva, Rita Mangione-Smith, Donna Woods, Hayley S. Kamin, Michael Jellinek

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To review recent health policies related to measuring child health care quality, the selection processes of national child health quality measures, the nationally recommended quality measures for child mental health care and their evidence strength, the progress made toward developing new measures, and early lessons learned from these national efforts. METHODS: Methods used included description of the selection process of child health care quality measures from 2 independent national initiatives, the recommended quality measures for child mental health care, and the strength of scientific evidence supporting them. RESULTS: Of the child health quality measures recommended or endorsed during these national initiatives, only 9 unique measures were related to child mental health. CONCLUSIONS: The development of new child mental health quality measures poses methodologic challenges that will require a paradigm shift to align research with its accelerated pace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S38-S49
JournalPediatrics
Volume131
Issue numberSUPPL.1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • Child mental health
  • Clinical validity
  • Depression
  • Quality improvement research
  • Quality measures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Zima, B. T., Murphy, J. M., Scholle, S. H., Hoagwood, K. E., Sachdeva, R. C., Mangione-Smith, R., Woods, D., Kamin, H. S., & Jellinek, M. (2013). National quality measures for child mental health care: Background, progress, and Next Steps. Pediatrics, 131(SUPPL.1), S38-S49. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2012-1427e