The fourth annual report of the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System (NHQRS) has been released by the Department of Health. The report provides information on 35 indicators that give an overview of how the Irish health service is performing as compared to international health systems. This year’s report includes information from the first National Patient Experience Survey.
The National Healthcare Quality Reporting System (NHQRS) is the Irish health indicator framework. An indicator is a measurement or value of an item and often used with the prefix performance, quality or health and used to provide comparable information and to track progress and performance over time. Since 2014 the NHQRS has produced an annual report. In 2018 there are a total of 35 indicators of performance across five key domains:
- Helping people to stay healthy and well (indicators: immunisation rates, cancer screening rates)
- Supporting people with long term conditions (indicators: Ambulatory care sensitive conditions)
- Helping people when they are being treated and cared for in our health service (indicators: cancer survival rates, cancer surgery, acute hospital care)
- Supporting people to have positive experiences of healthcare (indicators: National Patient Experience Survey)
- Treating and caring for people in a safe environment (indicators: healthcare-associated infection rates, antibiotic consumption rates)
- National Healthcare Quality Reporting System Annual Report 2018. Department of Health, Ireland. July 2018 (PDF)