Hospital care for children: quality assessment and improvement tool (2015)





This tool allows for a systematic, participatory assessment of the quality of care provided to children at hospital level, and for developing a plan of action to improve quality of care.

The primary use of the tool falls within the scope of a quality improvement approach at national level. When used within country-wide programmes the tool produces recommendations for national health authorities on how to improve the health system performance across its main functions, (i.e. governance, financing, human resources, essential medical products and technologies, health information systems, and service delivery). The tool can also be used in a single facility for internal audit purposes. Additional important functions of the tool include developing local capacities (through a peer to peer model) and promoting the adoption of evidenced based guidelines. 

This second edition of the tool has been updated according to the new evidence and recommendations, previous experiences and lessons learned, and current emphasis given to patients' rights and equity.