The ends of outcomes assessment

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Outcomes assessment holds great promise to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. By subjecting practices to rigorous and systematic analysis, we should be in a position to make judgments about what does and does not work in clinical practice. However, the outcomes of outcomes assessment themselves should be approached with the same critical eye. Among the many sorts of criteria by which to evaluate outcomes assessment are several key parameters: foremost among them are cognitive outcomes, ethical outcomes, and economic outcomes. Only when these outcomes are thoroughly explored and taken into account will the fullest potential of outcomes assessment be realized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-357
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998


  • Education
  • Medical ethics
  • Outcomes assessment
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Information Management

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