Measuring the Quality of Care for Psychological Health Conditions in the Military Health System: Candidate Quality Measures for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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In recent years, the number of U.S. service members treated for psychological health PH conditions has increased substantially. In particular, at least two PH conditions, posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD and major depressive disorder MDD, have prevalence estimates ranging from 4 to 20 percent for PTSD and 5 to 37 percent for MDD Institute of Medicine IOM, 2013, p. 21 Ramchand, Schell, et al., 2010 Schell and Marshall, 2008. Delivering quality care to service members with these conditions is a high-priority goal for the military health system MHS. Meeting this goal requires understanding the extent to which the care the MHS provides is consistent with evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and its own standards for quality. However, there is currently no MHS-wide system in place to evaluate quality of care for PH conditions, to assess whether the care is improving patient outcomes, or to identify potential areas for improvement.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Military Forces and Organizations