Low and Middle Income Countries who are moving towards universal health coverage (UHC) need to develop robust and measurable criteria that will improve the quality of patient care. This guide presents a useful roadmap for policy makers and those who are responsible for establishing and driving quality improvement programmes, to apply quality standard principles within their context.
The guide, adapted from the UK’s National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE) Quality Standards Process Guide, defines the principles for developing evidence-informed, clinical quality indicators and describes the processes and methods involved. It draws on examples from experiences of adapting this model to develop quality standards for improving maternal care in India and for stroke care in Vietnam, in partnership with respective policymakers and stakeholders such as clinicians.
The methods for developing quality standards are evolving and this guide will be reviewed and updated as the methods for developing quality standards evolve.