Home Visiting Outcomes and Quality of Life Measures

Cheryl Zlotnick, Roberta Decker

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Public Health agencies are faced with the task of self-evaluation. For years, they have evaluated themselves solely through utilization as demonstrated by the numbers of patients that they have served. A new thrust is to change the methods of evaluation by devising and implementing a quality assurance (QA) system. Traditional QA systems focus on acutely ill patients and are based on the medical model. In contrast, public health focuses on well or chronically ill patients with services that involve mostly palliative treatment, disease prevention, and/or health promotion. The criteria used by hospitals do not apply. Thus, public health agencies are forced to review their standards and develop criteria applicable to public health. This re-examination of public health can stimulate new ways of viewing old programs and therefore, elicit information that has never been gathered before.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-214
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Community Health Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Community and Home Care


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