Health care seeks to improve people’s well-being and their ability to play an active role in society. Yet health systems know very little about how often they achieve this.The success of health care is typically measured by survival rates, or rates of cure, after treatment. Often, though, differences between the best- and worst performing hospitals are small. It is only when we measure outcomes reported by patients themselves – such as quality of life – that important differences in the outcomes of care emerge.
We need to better understand what patients themselves think of health care:
The OECD is a global leader in collecting, reporting and benchmarking health system performance and health care quality indicators. The Patient-Reported Indicators Survey (PaRIS) will address these critical information gaps and build a patient-centred view of health system performance.
> Read Putting People at the Centre of Health Care, by Angel Gurría and Michael Porter, The Huffington Post (January 18, 2017)
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