Meaningful Measures in Primary Care (Starfield III)

Meaningful Measures in Primary Care (Starfield III)

I have been asked to attend Starfield III, an invitational conference that aims to establish a unified vision for a foundation of measurement for high-performing primary care – building upon work that is already done. It will be held October 4-6, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Some 40 participants will represent primary care educators, practitioners, policy members, and members of the general public.

Conversations about measures in primary care can easily veer in many directions due to 1) heartfelt interests or concerns about measurement and its consequences, or 2) different unspoken assumptions around the table about the scope or purposes of measurement (what must be measured rather than might be measured for one purpose or another, according to one stakeholder group or another). These different directions are all legitimate conversations, but when they remain unspoken, they can lead people to believe they are having one conversation when instead, they are having many competing conversations.

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