This project’s goal was to develop a comprehensive, standardized set of indicators about home care that will make possible comparisons of home care clients, programs, and outcomes in various health regions across Canada. Using workshop and survey feedback, the project developed an initial set of 20 priority indicators that profile clients, costs, existing caregivers, and patterns of use. Researchers recruited 11 regional pilot sites with computerized data systems in urban and rural settings, evaluated the usefulness of the indicators, and tested a prototype home care report. An external field review and an expert working group assessed the relevance, clarity, and breadth of the indicators. Although the indicators are not ready for wide adoption, the project gave practical insights into the goals and difficulties of establishing a standard set of indicators and makes recommendations for improving both the indicators and the context in which they are presented.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.