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AHRQ announces a new online resource for measuring quality of care for children

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has a new online resource—the Child Health Toolbox—which provides information on using performance measurement to assess the quality of care furnished to children in programs such as Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and Title V maternal and child health programs. Select Toolbox to access this resource.

The Child Health Toolbox is designed for State and local policymakers, program directors and their staff, consumer advocates, and other audiences. It explains performance measurement and how it is used, provides examples of established performance measurement sets that include child health measures, and offers links to many examples of State reports currently using performance measures. The Toolbox also provides guidance on modifying existing quality measures or designing new measures to evaluate a specific State initiative.

For more information about the Toolbox, contact Steve Seitz, at (301) 427-1257 or E-mail

The Toolbox is just one element of AHRQ's initiative to improve outcomes, quality, and access to health care for America's 70 million children and adolescents. Select for other AHRQ's children's health materials.

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