Core Outcomes: Key Measures of Performance

Overall Quality of the System of Care

HRSA’s MCHB uses six critical indicators to measure the quality of a system of care for CSHCN:

Together, these six Core Outcomes can be used to measure progress toward the Healthy People 2010 objective to increase the proportion of States and territories that have service systems for children with or at risk for chronic and disabling conditions. In this analysis, a child was considered to be served by a “service system,” as described in the Healthy People objective, if his or her care met all relevant criteria for his or her age. For children from birth through age 11 years, the first five outcomes were included, and all six outcomes were counted for children from age 12 through 17 years.

Among children aged 11 years and under, 20.4 percent were served by a system of care according to these standards. For children aged 12–17 years, 13.7 percent had care that met all six criteria.

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