The official journal of ARHP, Contraception: An International Reproductive Health Journal, is consistently ranked in the top tier of all journals in obstetrics and gynecology. Contraception is internationally recognized and peer-reviewed. In addition to groundbreaking research, the journal features a monthly editorial ARHP commentary highlighting news and developments in sexual and reproductive health. Contraception editorials commentaries and abstracts are available at no cost, but access to full articles requires a subscription.
Performance measures for contraceptive care: what are we actually trying to measure?
Christine Dehlendorf, Helen Bellanca, Michael Policar
Over the past two decades, there has been increased attention to quality in health care, including the use of standardized measures to track performance within health care institutions, by plans and by individual providers . These measures are a means to document quality of care so as to allow comparisons by consumers, payers and others. In addition, they can be used to incentivize quality improvement through such means as linking physician payments to their performance on quality measures. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) furthers this trend, with an emphasis on a pay-for-performance model based on quality and effectiveness measures.