The National Quality Forum (NQF) has announced its endorsement of additional person- and family-centered care measures through its national consensus endorsement process. The measures include several of the commonly used Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys (for various settings of care) as well as specific measures for patients at inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals, and measures of functional status and quality of life. Detailed measure specifications and documentation of the consensus endorsement process are available on the NQF website.
Person- and family-centered care measures are increasingly being included by payers to measure patient and family experiences of health care as part of achieving the triple aim of health care reform. The measures announced as endorsed are still subject to final appeal through NQF’s multi-step endorsement process before the endorsements are finalized.