Turning Data Into Information

Opportunities to Advance Rehabilitation Quality, Research, and Policy
Published:February 04, 2018DOI:


      Attention to health care quality and safety has increased dramatically. The internal focus of an organization is not without influence from external policy and research findings. Compared with other specialties, efforts to align and advance rehabilitation research, practice, and policy using electronic health record data are in the early stages. This special communication defines quality, applies the dimensions of quality to rehabilitation, and illustrates the feasibility and utility of electronic health record data for research on rehabilitation care quality and outcomes. Using data generated at the point of care provides the greatest opportunity for improving the quality of health care, producing generalizable evidence to inform policy and practice, and ultimately benefiting the health of the populations served.


      List of abbreviations:

      EHR (electronic health record), EQUADR (Exchanged Quality Data for Rehabilitation), PSO (patient safety organization)
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