Politiques et données sur la santé
Healthcare Quality and Outcomes
As health spending rises, there is pressure to ensure that resources help people live healthier lives. Most OECD countries have seen increased public interest in ensuring that patients receive care that is safe, effective, and responsive to their needs. Increasing emphasis on choice, public accountability and quality assurance has stimulated interest in the measurement of healthcare quality and outcomes.
Providing patients with care that is safe, effective and responsive to patient needs is now recognised as the foremost objective of health systems in all OECD countries. We measure quality of care and help governments identify the drivers of high-quality care as the cornerstone of quality improvement.
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High quality care improves health outcomes and reduces waste. It is integral to a high performing, sustainable health system.
Maximising safety is a fundamental responsibility of individual healthcare providers and healthcare systems.
Integrated care initiatives aim at ensuring individuals receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
Hospitals are a key component of health systems with a large impact on overall health system performance and total health expenditures
Health data constitute a significant resource in most OECD countries that could be used to improve the quality of health care and the performance of health systems.
A series of in-depth reviews of the policies and institutions that underpin the measurement and improvement of health care quality in 15 different health systems.
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer care in OECD countries, OECD Health Working Paper No. 141, May 2022
The economics of patient safety Part IV: Safety in the workplace - Occupational safety as the bedrock of resilient health systems, OECD Health Working Paper No. 130, September 2021 Chapter 11
The Leading Edge: The Role of Governance, Leadership, and Culture in Improving Patient Safety, in The Overlooked Pandemic - How to Transform Patient Safety and Save Healthcare Systems, The G20 Health and Development Partnership (G20HDP) and RLDatix, March 2021
The Economics of Patient Safety: From analysis to action, October 2020
The economics of patient safety Part III: Long-term care - Valuing safety for the long haul, OECD Health Working Paper No. 121, September 2020
System governance towards improved patient safety, OECD Health Working Paper No. 120, September 2020
Culture as a cure: Assessments of patient safety culture in OECD countries, OECD Health Working Paper No. 119, June 2020
Is Cardiovascular Disease Slowing Improvements in Life Expectancy? OECD and The King's Fund Workshop Proceedings, May 2020
Methodological development of international measurement of acute myocardial infarction 30-day mortality rates at the hospital level, OECD Health Working Paper No. 114, December 2019
Improving Healthcare Quality in Europe: Characteristics, effectiveness and implementation of different strategies, September 2019. This volume is the result of a collaboration between the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the OECD Health Division.
Delivering Quality Health Services: A Global Imperative, July 2018 Also read the related BMJ Opinion piece:
Universal quality healthcare coverage - a commitment to building a healthier and more productive society, July 2018
Measuring Patient Safety - Opening the Black Box, Policy Brief prepared for the 3rd Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety in Tokyo, April 2018
Health at a Glance: Europe 2022 - State of Health in the EU Cycle, see Chapter 6 on Effectiveness: Quality of care and patient experience
Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2022, see Chapter 7 on Quality of care
Health at a Glance 2021: OECD Indicators, see Chapter 6 on Quality and Outcomes of Care
Health at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2020, see Chapter 7 on Quality of care
Realising the Potential of Primary Health Care, OECD Health Policy Studies (June 2020)
OECD Health Working Papers, particularly # 147, 145, 142, 141, 138, 134, 130, 127, 121, 120, 119, 114, 105, 102, 99, 96, 47, 29, 23, and 22
OECD Health Technical Papers (# 14 to 20; note that this series has been discontinued) Learn more about our work on
Health System Performance Assessment Peer review articles, including:
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