Health policies and data

Data for Measuring Health Care Quality and Outcomes


The OECD Health Care Quality Indicators project, initiated in 2002, aims to measure and compare the quality of health service provision in the different countries. An Expert Group has developed a set of quality indicators at the health systems level, which allows to assess the impact of particular factors on the quality of health services.

Our approach is to complement and coordinate efforts of national and other international bodies. These efforts will offer policy makers and other stakeholders a toolkit to stimulate cross-national learning.

- Access the original OECD Health Care Quality Framework (OECD Health Working Paper No. 23, March 2006).
- Access the latest 2015 revision authored by the HCQI Expert Group (March 2015).




Quality of care is one of the key dimensions of value. Through ongoing national and international efforts, information on health care spending is expanding, yet information on the value that health services create is still limited.

At the end of 2010, a public Forum on the Quality of Care was held to raise awareness to the importance of measuring quality for the good of patients and health budgets alike. A key publication, Improving Value in Health Care - Measuring Quality, was released for this event. This year, a series of country reviews are being initiated in this area.



The HCQI indicators are published within Health at a Glance 2017: Chapter 6 on Quality and Outcomes of Care.

Additional indicators are also available in the OECD Health Statistics database in the Health Care Quality Indicators dataset in OECD.Stat.

Data and information on quality indicators for communicable diseases (screening and immunisation), cancer (screening and mortality) along with various other indicators related to lifestyle and prevention can be found through the database OECD Health Statistics and in Health at a Glance 2017.


Information on related initiatives and collaborations as well as a full list of HCQI related publications are available here.