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Media Advisory Date: June 4, 1997
The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research today released
an update to the clinical performance measures database first
released last year. CONQUEST 1.1, the
COmputerized Needs-oriented QUality measurement Evaluation
SysTem, has been changed to make it more user-friendly and
compatible with a variety of operating systems.
CONQUEST is a quality improvement software tool that helps
users identify, understand, evaluate and select measures to
assess and improve clinical performance. It summarizes
information on approximately 1,200 clinical performance measures
developed by public and private sector organizations to examine
the quality of clinical care. CONQUEST describes measures using a
common language and provides a research short-cut by identifying
specific types of measures that may be modifiable or adaptable
for a user's own unique needs. If modified, the measures should
be retested for validity and reliability.
Organized in an easy-to-use format, CONQUEST consists of two
interlocking databases—a Condition Database and a Measure
Database—that allow users to target specific conditions or
measures. The Condition Database includes information on 52
clinical conditions; the Measure Database contains information on
the 1,200 measures contained in 53 measure sets. Users can
produce pre-programmed or custom reports, and can add measures
and conditions to the database.
The 1.1 version functions as a run-time program in Windows® 3.1
and higher including Windows® 95. Microsoft®'s Access® 2.0 is no
longer required, but still may be used to complete keyword
searches or add to the database. The User's Guide has been
updated with clearer instructions and an index.
CONQUEST diskettes (Pub. No. 97-DP01) and the User's Guide
(Pub. No. 97-R001) are available free from the AHCPR Publications
Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD 20907, or
1-800-358-9295. Free technical assistance with CONQUEST is
available through AHCPR's Quality Measurement Network (QMNet)
contractor by calling 1-800-865-5380.
For additional information, contact AHCPR Public Affairs: Karen Carp, (301) 427-1858 (KCarp@ahrq.gov); Karen Migdail, (301) 427-1855 (KMigdail@ahrq.gov)
Salina Prasad, (301) 427-1864 (SPrasad@ahrq.gov).