Existing Data Can Be Used To Assess Health Care Quality But Better Data Collection Needed

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Leverage Existing Data to Tackle Quality of Health Care
Sebastian Bauhoff, research fellow at CGD, discusses leveraging existing data and improving future data collection to assess health care quality. He highlights key findings from a recent study in which he and colleagues used existing data from Service Provision Assessments (SPA) to measure health service quality in Kenya. Bauhoff writes, “The bottom line is that the level of quality is low, variation across facilities is large, and we urgently need better data and methods if we want to develop effective solutions to address these problems” (3/21).